Los Angeles, CA) – November 7th, 2022 – The embodiment of black excellence, the Merge Awards returned for its thirteenth year to honor industry icons in a star-studded ceremony. The highly anticipated event took place on Saturday, November 5th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel; honoring Hollywood’s most elite entertainers, and professionals including; Suzanne de Passe, PJ Morton, Charles D. King and Stacey Walker King (MACRO), Israel Houghton, Romeo Miller, Adam Blackstone, James Dubose (FOX Soul), Morgan DeBaun (Founder of Blavity & Afrotech) and Angelica Nwandu (Founder, The Shade Room & The Same Room) & Stephanie Ike (Co-Founder of The Same Room).
“15 years ago, we started the Merge Summit, to provide an opportunity for men and women of faith to learn from the entertainment industry’s top artists and executives as aneffort to empower their dreams forward,” said Founder Dr. Holly Carter. “Our goal with The Merge Awards was to create a dynamic experience to celebrate and honor those who are making an impact in bridging the worlds of faith and entertainment – and today we have done just that. I am grateful to everyone who helped us create a memorablecelebration to honor these amazing leaders, visionaries and pioneers.”
Driven by a mission to celebrate, honor and inspire the next generation of leaders in music, film, television, business and ministry; the event, produced by Wright Productions, garnered attendance from Michael Ealy, Essence Atkins, AJ Johnson, Pastor Toure Roberts, Shelea, Alex Isley, Devika Parikh, Golden Brooks and more.
The event celebrated over 9 individuals honoring their accomplishments over the past year across the fields of film, music, tech, social influence, legacy and more.
See Full list of 2022 Honorees Here:
Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award
Suzanne de Passe
Artist of The Year Award
Charles D. King & Stacey Walker King
Faith Music Award
The Merger Award
Musical Director of the Year Award
Digital Tech Award
Angelica Nwandu & Stephanie Ike
Driven by a mission to celebrate, honor and bring together leaders in entertainment, arts and faith together; The Merge Awards is the key annual signature event of the bi-annual Merge Summit.
Over the years, the Merge Awards has successfully gathered attendance from notableparticipants including; award-winning talent Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett,Marla Gibbs, Mary Mary, Laurence Fishburne, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Regina King along with noted industry executives DeVon Franklin, Ava DuVernay, Will Packer and Kenya Barris, among many others.
Event sponsors included: ATT’s Dream in Black and United Airlines, who sponsored two roundtrip tickets for the Freedom of Spirit giveaway.
For more information on The Merge Summit, please visit: www.mergesummit.com/experience