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Black star power was on display in a major way during the inaugural Urban One Honors in Washington, D.C, on Sunday.

The awards ceremony was the first in what was expected to become an annual tradition for the Black-owned media empire founded and still operated by Cathy Hughes, who was also one of the honorees. And rightfully so, as the Urban One Honors were developed “to acknowledge and honor individuals and/or organizations that have made extraordinary strides in the areas of innovative programming, successful business ventures, advanced technology, entertainment, social activism, education and community service,” according to Majic 102.3, one of Hughes’ many radio stations that presented the event.

Comedian DL Hughley hosted the ceremony that honored the following individuals:

June Ambrose, Fashion Icon Award

Brandy, Cathy Hughes Excellence Award

Jermaine Dupri, Living Legend Award

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Public Servant Award

Tom Joyner, Lifetime Achievement Award

Shaun King, Social Change Agent Award

Dr. Nadia Lopez, Education Maven

Jade Novah, Viral Sensation

Benny Pough, Record Executive of the Year Award

Rotimi, Generation Next Award

Marvin Sapp, Inspirational Impact Award

Teyana Taylor, R&B Impact Award

Doc Walker, Sports Legend Award

Marvin Sapp and K-Ci of Jodeci performed and LA Reid, Da Brat, Bryan Michael Cox, Ray J, Roland Martin and Q Parker were among the presenters.

Other notable names in attendance included but weren’t limited to Traci Braxton, DJ Khaled, Chey Parker, Gia Peppers, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, April Ryan, Symone Sanders and Elle Varner.

“Representing excellence in the areas of innovative programming, successful business ventures, advanced technology, entertainment, social activism, education, and community service, through diligence and dedication, this inaugural class of honorees has set the bar high whilst being an exemplary catalyst for change and profound models for success,” TV One said in a press release.

The Urban One Honors were held at The Anthem theater in southwest Washington, but it was no coincidence the nation’s capital was chosen as the location for what was set to become a yearly tradition.

“There is no better place than the DMV, where history is made, to salute the best of the best in media, entertainment, sports, education, community and more,” Jeff Wilson, Senior Regional Vice President, Radio One, said ahead of the event.

We gathered up some of the best #UrbanOneHonors photos and videos that have flooded social media along with other pictures taken at the event. Scroll through to see your favorite stars being honored for their unbridled dedication to their respective crafts.

1. (L-R) Ray J, Cathy Hughes and Brandy

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2. DL Hughley

3. (L-R) DJ Quicksilva, Cathy Hughes, April Ryan, June Ambrose and Michael Eric Dyson

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4. April Ryan

5. Founder of Urban One, Cathy Hughes

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6. Marilyn Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore

7. District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton

8. Singer Elle Varner

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9. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh

10. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

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11. June Ambrose

12. Retired NFL Player Fred Smoot

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13. Cathy Hughes and Tom Joyner

14. Gia Peppers, Jade Novah and Elle Varner

15. April Ryan and Jermaine Dupri

16. Singer Marvin Sapp

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17. Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat

18. (L-R) Pamela Simpson, Donnie Simpson, April Ryan and Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh

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19. Tom Joyner and Brandy

20. Shaun King

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21. April Ryan

22. Traci Braxton and LA Reid

23. The Anthem theater in Washington, D.C.

24. Roland Martin

25. Chey Parker

26. June Ambrose

27. Ray J presenting Brandy

28. LA Reid

29. DJ Khaled

30. K-Ci Hailey

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