The Black American Music Association and its Board of Directors, led by Chairman Michael Mauldin, announce The Ice Imperial Crown of Excellence Medal of Honor inaugural celebration in Atlanta on June 2, 2024. The attendees of this groundbreaking historic event will be adorned in cocktail attire while dining, honoring and paying tribute to the legends, creative visionaries, and trailblazers within Black American music, who have captivated audiences worldwide and left an everlasting impact on the cultural landscape. 

The ICE Medal of Honor seeks to shine a spotlight on the indelible contributions made by artists and executives who have enriched the world with their talents and also paved the way for generations to come. The ICE Medal of Honor will serve as a beacon of recognition & education of the Black American music art form, and an ode to the resilience, innovation, and brilliance of its creatives. Michael Mauldin, L.A. Reid & Chaka Zulu are honorary hosts for this inaugural ceremony.

The Honorable Mayor Andre Dickens will make a special toast and salute to the Honorees along with the City of Atlanta.  The Mayor is also being awarded the ICE – Culture & Community Leadership Honor.  

Grandmaster Flash – Transformative Award, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis – Global Creative Impact Honor, Suzanne de PasseTrailblazer Honor, Jeffrey Harleston – Music Executive Leadership of the Year, Robert “Kool” Bell – Lifetime Achievement Honor, Muni Long, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox – R&B Song of the Year, SoSo Def Records – Artist Development Label of an Era, LaFace Records – Artist Development Label of an Era, and Domani Harris: New Developing Artist of the Year.  

“We are thrilled to launch the ICE Medal of Honor and to recognize these outstanding individuals who have made an enduring mark on the world through their art and creativity,” said Michael Mauldin, Co-Producer and visionary behind the event. “This celebration is a testament to the power of Black American music in shaping culture and inspiring generations.” 

As Atlanta is the Host City for the inaugural event; there will also be a special recognition given to two of Atlanta’s most recent fallen soldiers; industry vet: Clay Evans and visionary hitmaker: Rico Wade. 

About The Black American Music Association:

The Black American Music Association is a non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association founded in 2017 by Michael Mauldin and Demmette Guidry. The organization is composed of executives and creators from music, and other entertainment-related industries along with corporate and community leaders. The BAM organization was created to preserve, protect, and promote the legacy and future of authentic Black American Music, its culture, community, and creatives. It champions the influence, position, and understanding of the narrative by supporting young innovative talent, creators, and executives while leading us into the future of this valuable indigenous art form. 

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