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Stars Shine, Legends Honored At NABOB's 27th Annual Awards Dinner
Stars Shine, Legends Honored At NABOB's 27th Annual Awards Dinner

Last Friday night, hundreds descended upon Washington DC's Omni Shoreham Hotel to honor legends in communications broadcast and entertainment at the National Association of Black Owned Broadcaster's 27th Annual Awards Dinner. 

Guests that attended the glamorous, black tie affair came out to pay homage to this year's award recipients which included award winning CNN anchor, Soledad O'Brien, television show host and gospel music pioneer, Bobby Jones, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and blues guitarist & singer, Buddy Guy and world renowned calypso singer and songwriter, Mighty Sparrow.

Prior to the awards presentation, the crowd enjoyed dinner while being dazzled by musical performances from Regina Belle, Chrisette Michelle and Fantasia Barrino. While all of the women looked stunning and captivated the audience, it was Barrino that stole the show. The third performer to take the stage, Barrino stepped out, kicked her shoes off and got the entire crowd of tuxedos and gowns on their feet as she strolled through the crowd, belting classics as well as her very own hit, "Bittersweet" off her third and most recent album, Back to Me. But what really electrified the crowd, was her performance of Prince's legendary hit, "Purple Rain." Her energetic performance was dynamic, gritty and utterly raw.

Sherry Shepard, co-host of "The View" returned again this year in her role as Mistress of Ceremonies proving to be a charming and engaged host and each honoree, humbled by another landmark moment in the spotlight.

Soledad O'Brien, recipient of the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award shared personal stories of her parents meeting, dating and marrying in the 1950s, reflecting upon the difficulties, challenges and strength of their relationship (O'Brien's father is Australian, of Irish descent and her mother is Afro-Cuban.) Bobby Jones, the recipient of the Pioneer in Gospel Music Award shared his experiences and insight on the evolution of gospel music in mainstream culture and Buddy Guy, the recipient of the Pioneer in Music Award managed to be painstakingly humble explaining that he was not the most eloquent speaker, but actually disproving that with his brief and candid speech. Unfortunately, Mighty Sparrow was unable to attend the event but accepted his award via a pre-recorded video that was played for the crowd at the event.

Following the awards presentations guest kept the party going with two separate and simultaneous reception parties adorned with sophisticated nibbles, open bar and dance inducing jams to dance the night away.