Mary J. Blige and Jason Flom to Receive 2022 Clio Music Awards of Honor – Billboard
Congratulations are in order to Mary J. Blige and longtime music director Jason Flom, who will each receive honorary Clio Music Awards at the 2022 ceremony.
This year’s Clio Music Awards will take place live in Nashville on May 10 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by Grammy-nominated artist Yola.
“Each year, we select individuals at the forefront of the music industry whose creative work has a far-reaching impact that shapes our culture,” Clio Music executive director Michael Kauffman said in a statement. “WeI am so inspired by Mary J. Blige and Jason Flom for their courage to break the mold and show budding artists and executives that there are no limits to what they can accomplish.
In recognition of the mark Blige left on pop culture, hip-hop and R&B music, the Billboard Top of the charts will receive the Clio Music Legend Award presented by Pepsi. The award is given to artists who have made a significant impact on popular culture by channeling their originality in ways that will move the music industry forward and inspire a new generation of artists to think differently about their own creative potential. Over the years, Blige has won nine Grammy Awards.
Ahead of the Clio Music Awards, Blige will host the inaugural Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit May 6-8 in Atlanta, in partnership with Pepsi and Live Nation Urban. The event will bring music and comedy to the city of Georgia and feature community building sessions.
Flom will receive the Clio Music Impact Award for her activist work. The music director is a founding benefactor of the Bronx Freedom Fund and founding board member of the Innocence Project. He is also a board member of the following organizations: Center for Legal Action; Drug Policy Alliance, Families Against Mandatory Minimum Sentences, VETPAW. Flom is a member of the advisory board for the NYU Prison Education Program. He also hosts the podcast Wrongful conviction.
On May 15, Blige will also receive the Icon Award at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards. The 10-time BBMA winner will also perform on the show. The BBMAs will broadcast live coast-to-coast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15.