Urban One Honors was teeming with fabulous fashions in Atlanta (photos)

Urban One Honors showered icons of music, the arts and politics with love and recognition
Urban One Honors was teeming with fabulous fashions in Atlanta (photos)
Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was incandescent in her yellow dress (Photos by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)

There was an elevated sense of brotherhood and camaraderie at the annual Urban One Honors as the show’s creators paid homage to the world of rap as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The 2023 iteration of the Urban One Honors, quite appropriately, bestowed special recognition on legendary emcee LL Cool J, one of the few rappers in the annals of the genre to have hit songs in three different decades since his beginning in the 1980s.


Before the constellation of regal stars lit up the stage, a cavalcade of luminaries marched down the red carpet in their finest attire.

Urban One Honors was teeming with fabulous fashions in Atlanta (photos)
5th annual Urban One Honors (Photos by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)

Hosted by R&B crooner Tank along with songstress LeToya Luckett, who served as the special backstage host, there were other icons of music and politics who were given their ceremonial flowers on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Bobby Brown received the Phoenix Award; Pharrell Williams, earned the Music Innovation Award; gospel greats David & Tamela Mann were honored with the Inspirational Impact Award, and California Congresswoman Maxine Waters was championed with the Lifetime Achievement award. 


Urban One Honors was teeming with fabulous fashions in Atlanta (photos)
5th annual Urban One Honors (Photos by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)

The televised Urban One Honors gala annually heralds the accomplishments of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in entertainment, media, music, politics, education, and the community.

Urban One Honors was teeming with fabulous fashions in Atlanta (photos)
5th annual Urban One Honors (Photos by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)

Other stars who graced the stage on this night included gospel singer Marvin Sapp, rappers Monie Love and Doug E. Fresh, actor Laman Rucker, music bosses T.I. and Pusha T, former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and Rev. Run. 

Urban One Honors was teeming with fabulous fashions in Atlanta (photos)
LL Cool J with his wife Simone at the Urban One Honors. (Photos by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)
Urban One Honors was teeming with fabulous fashions in Atlanta (photos)
(Photos by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)
Urban One Honors was teeming with fabulous fashions in Atlanta (photos)
(Photos by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)
Urban One Honors was teeming with fabulous fashions in Atlanta (photos)
(Photos by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)
Urban One Honors was teeming with fabulous fashions in Atlanta (photos)
(Photos by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)
Urban One Honors was teeming with fabulous fashions in Atlanta (photos)
5th annual Urban One Honors (Photos by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)
Urban One Honors was teeming with fabulous fashions in Atlanta (photos)
5th annual Urban One Honors (Photos by Terry Shropshire for rolling out)
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