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Awards & Honors

Timeline of Awards & Honors

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May 6, 2016

My Music Matters:
A Celebration of Legends Rhapsody & Rhythm Award

Presented by:
The National Museum of African American Music

Business Ambassador of the Year

Presented by:
The 9th Annual “Hearts of Love” Gala
Aunt Hattie’s Place, Inc.

September 19, 2015

The Ad Color Life Time Achievement Award

Presented by:
The ADCOLOR Industry Coalition
for excellence, dedication and contribution to the fields of
radio, television, marketing and business

November 18, 2015

The Madam C.J. Walker Award for Entrepreneurship

Presented by:
The 45th Annual Joseph Wharton Award Dinner
“In appreciation for and recognition of the power of one, one woman,
one vision, one company as a media pioneer, and philanthropist,
for outstanding creativity, vitality, resilience, and achievement.

September 19, 2015

Pioneer Award

Presented by:
The H Street Community and the residents of
Washington, DC, H Street Main Street and
H Street Community Development Corporation

October 3, 2014

Icon Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented by:
The Living Legend Foundation, Inc.
“For an iconic career, which includes building a
successful broadcasting empire, breaking barriers, reaching back
and elevating the global image of African-Americans


The Mayor's Arts Award
Visionary Leadership

Presented by:
DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities


The CBCF Chair's Phoenix Award

Presented by:
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Awarded on behalf of the Chairman, CBCF Board of Directors
in recognition of Outstanding Accomplishments that stand as
a role model for the Global Community


The Mayor's Arts Award
Visionary Leadership

Presented by:
DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities
District of Columbia


Trailblazer of the Year Award
Women Leaders

Presented by:
Bennett College
Women’s Leadership Conference
Women’s Entrepreneurs in the Global Economy
Greensboro, North Carolina


Ida B. Wells Living Legend Award

Presented by:
National Women’s History Museum

De Pizan Honors 

June 26, 2011

Humanitarian Award

Presented by:
Opulence 1st Annual Awards & Fashion Show


Salute to Excellence Award

Presented by:
National Association of Black Journalists
Television – Public Affairs: Interviews/Discussion

June 3, 2010

The 2010 Star Award

Presented by:
The National Capital Area Chapter
of Alliance of Women in Media


Radio Hall of Fame


Women of Excellence in Communications

Presented by:
The Links, Incorporated
37th National Assembly
Detroit, Michigan


Leadership Award

Presented by:
Inwood House

January 20, 2009

The People's Inaugural Project Award

Presented by:
The Stafford Foundation Inc.
for untiring and dedicated service to the

success of The People’s Inaugural Project


Telly Awards

One Love Gospel Cruise
Sizzle Reel Winner

January 9, 2008

Trailblazer Award

Presented by:
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Martin L. King, Esq., Russell Ewert
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Citizenship
Education Fund Annual Conference

October 5, 2007

Power Award

Presented by:
Essence Women Shaping the World
Pioneer, Visionary, Leader

October 19, 2007

African-American Small Business Excellence Award

Presented by:
The 13th Annual African American Business
Achievement Pinnacle Award

September 19, 2007

A Giant of Broadcasting Award

Presented by:
The Library of American Broadcasting

June 10, 2007

A Celebration of Life, Hope & Possibilities

Presented by:
Jeddy 25th Anniversary 

May 18, 2007

Corporate Award

Presented by:
The Ludacris Foundation
at the 4th Annual Ludacris Foundation Benefit Dinner


Women of Influence Award
Business Legend

Presented by:
African-American 8th Business Forum


Media Executive of the Year

Presented by:
Marketing to African Americans with Excellence 


Telly Award

Radio One 25th Anniversary
History Documentary

April 20, 2006

The Messenger Award

for Excellence in Communication

April 8, 2006

25 Years of Dedicated Service to the
Broadcast & Music Industries and
Being A Voice In The Community

Presented by:
The Urban Network Entertainment – Marketing Summit

March 21, 2006

Height of Excellence In Media

Presented by:
Uncommon Height

October 27, 2005

Executive Leadership Council
Achievement Award

June 17, 2005

Business Trailblazer Award

Presented by:
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Martin L. King, Esq., Russell Ewert
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Citizenship
Education Fund Annual Conference


April 17, 2005

National Award

Presented by:
Washington DC Hall of Fame

April 2, 2005

Fourth Annual CSBE Conference Award

Presented by:  Miami – Dade County
for serving as the Keynote Speaker
for the Department of Business Development


Champion of Democracy 2004

Presented by: DC Vote
“Celebrating Our Community
United for Equal Rights”


2003 National Entrepreneur Award

Presented by Ernest & Young
to Cathy Hughes & Alfred Liggins
Radio One

April 4, 2002


Presented by Music World Music
20+ years of broadcast service
to the surrounding community


Essence Award

October 8, 2000

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

National Black MBA Association Inc.
Annual Conference and Exposition
Chicago, Illinois

September 23, 2000

Outstanding Leadership Award

December 14, 1998

Seventh Congressional District
Humanitarian Award

Presented by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings
to Cathy Hughes for her tireless efforts to uplift
the African-Amercian community
December 14, 1998

October 1998

Featured In Essence Magazine

January 27, 1996


Doctors Special Recognition Award
Cathy Hughes – CEO Radio One Radio Group

Alumni ``Sankofa`` Award

Presented by:
Institute for Independent Education
“Let Children Learn”

Celebrating Women of Achievement

Presented by:
Ford Motor Company
Freedom’s Sisters

NAACP Corporate Life Award

Presented by:
National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP)