BMI songwriter/artists Janet Jackson and Bo Diddley were among the honorees at the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters' (NABOB) 18th Annual Communications Awards Dinner held March 8 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C. The dinner honors the most prestigious names in entertainment, communications and public service.
Janet Jackson with BMI Award
Jackson, who was honored as NABOB's Entertainer of the Year, also received a BMI Film/TV Award for the Most Performed Song from a Movie, for the song "Doesn't Really Matter" from Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. BMI's Charlie Feldman was on hand to present the crystal statuette during the BMI-sponsored cocktail party. Legendary blues guitarist Bo Diddley was recognized with NABOB's Pioneer in Entertainment Award. Other honorees included Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One (Lifetime Achievement Award), the Isley Brothers (Pioneer in Music) and esteemed soprano Leontyne Price (Lifetime Achievement Award).
BMI's Catherine Brewton, Bo Diddley, BMI's Charlie Feldman
NABOB is the first and largest trade organization representing the interests of African-American owners of radio and television stations across the country. The association was organized in 1976 by a small group of African-American broadcasters who desired to establish a voice and a viable presence in the industry and to address specific concerns facing African-American broadcasters. NABOB is a non-profit corporation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by its members. Day-to-day operations of the association are carried out at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
BMI's Mark Barron, Radio One's Cathy Hughes, BMI's Dan Spears
BMI's Charlie Feldman and the Reverend Jesse Jackson