In celebration of those who have impacted the culture of Black music, the Power of Music with support of New York City Council Member Andy King and the New York Black, Latino & Asian Caucus, hosted the Power & Music Awards to show a spotlight on legends in this industry.

The Honorees are as follows:

  • Rakim received the Musical Authenticity Award
  • April Walker received Fashion Icon Award
  • Big Daddy Kane received the Entertainment Lifestyle Award
  • Slick Rick received the Genesis Award
  • June Ambrose received Universal Style Award
  • Larry Blackmon from Cameo received the Music Trailblazer Award
  • Hezekiah Walker received the Power of Inspiration Award
  • Laurieann Gibson received the Power of Movement Award
  • Rick James posthumously received the Maverick Award
  • The Breakfast Club (DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee) received the Voice of Influence Award
  • L. Londell McMillan, Chairman of The NorthStar Group & owner of The Source, received Entertainment Ambassador Award

The Power & Music Awards was founded in 2018 by Media Leacock, Norman ‘Storm’ Bell, Mark Spark Welch and Shana Melius