Thursday night (May 19) five-time Grammy nominated R&B singer/songwriter Tevin Campbell made history as the first Black, openly gay singer to be awarded the R&B Icon Award at the Black Music Honors.
The prestigious and star-studded music award show dedicated to honoring legends in the music industry took place in Atlanta at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Two-time GRAMMY winner LeToya Luckett and comedian DeRay Davis hosted the ceremony.
As we previously reported, Tevin Campbell came out as gay earlier this year in March on social media, in response to a fan who speculated his sexuality.
In the now deleted Tweet, user (@_taylor305) stated, “My Mom keep telling me Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, and Tevin Campbell were gay.”
Campbell replied to the tweet with, “Tevin is”, along with a rainbow flag and a man with shades emoji. Campbell's bios on all of his socials now proudly sport a rainbow flag.
Since the tweet, Tevin Campbell has yet to speak out again about his sexuality, never denying the reports confirming his homosexuality. Now the "Can We Talk" singer can add the R&B Icon award to his list of achievements.
Performers that graced the stage at the 7th annual Black Music Honors included Kid N’ Play, Carl Thomas, Zonnique, Dondria Nicole, Dionne Ferris, Amber Riley, Eric Bellinger, Avery Wilson, PJ Morton, Jade Novah, Keedron Bryant, Ahjah and Rhea Walls from The Walls Group, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Crystal Aikin, Sheléa, Kevin Ross and Eric Roberson. Other celebrity appearances included Tammy Rivera, Angela Yee, Raz B, Tiny Harris, Pastor Mike Jr., Trina Braxton and more!
2022 BMH Honorees began with award-winning singer/songwriter Keri Hilson, who received the Music and Songwriter Icon Award. Multi-award-winning Gospel Duo Mary Mary were presented with the Gospel Icon Award award-winning Supergroup Dru Hill was recognized with the Urban Music Icon Award and a planned special performance in celebration of their 25th anniversary; NAACP Image Award-winning singer Karyn White was honored with the Soul Music Award, and the legendary R&B group The Whispers took home the Legends Award for their incredible nearly six-decade music career.
Congratulations Tevin Campbell and all of the other legends who rightfully received their flowers!