Hollywood Unlocked, the powerhouse behind one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, hosted its third annual Impact Awards at the prestigious Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.
This star-studded extravaganza brought together an array of influencers, celebrities, and visionaries who are making a significant impact on our culture and society.
The evening kicked off with Evan Ross taking the stage to present the Community Award to Catherine Brewton, Vice President, Creative at BMI. This recognition highlighted Brewton’s exceptional contributions to the music industry and her unwavering dedication to nurturing talent.
The Innovator Award, a testament to groundbreaking creativity, was presented to the visionary Image Architect, Law Roach, by the incomparable Tiffany Haddish. Roach’s unique approach to fashion has redefined style and has made him a true trailblazer in the industry.
Sarunas Jackson had the honor of presenting the Fearlessness Award to the immensely talented Chlöe Bailey. This accolade celebrated Bailey’s boldness and fearlessness in pushing boundaries and making her mark in the music world.
The Impact Awards took a heartfelt turn when Grammy award-winning singer Macy Gray presented a recorded acceptance speech from the iconic Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg, a true force of social impact, was recognized for her tireless efforts to create positive change in the world.
The room erupted in applause as Tyrese Gibson took the stage to present the much-deserved Icon Award to the legendary singer, songwriter, and producer Babyface. With an illustrious career spanning decades, Babyface has left an indelible mark on the music industry and continues to inspire generations with his timeless artistry.
The event also featured powerful moments of inspiration. A recorded speech from Vice President Kamala Harris was played, expressing her gratitude to Jason Lee, the CEO of Hollywood Unlocked, for his relentless work in advancing and protecting the culture through the Impact Awards. Harris emphasized the importance of honoring leaders who shape our culture and shape our future.
R&B sensation Muni Long took the stage, captivating the crowd with her soulful and sultry voice. Grammy-winning gospel singer Jonathan McReynolds moved hearts with his powerful performance, reminding everyone of the transformative power of music. Chrisean Rock added her own touch of magic with a mesmerizing performance of her single “Vibe.”
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, rapper Joyner Lucas presented the Culture Award to the late and influential rapper Tupac. Accepting the award on his behalf, Tupac’s sister, Sekyiwa ‘Set’ Shakur, delivered a poignant speech, reminding everyone that Tupac’s voice continues to be a powerful call to action for the culture.
But the Impact Awards were not just about celebrating icons and influencers. Jason Lee, the CEO of Hollywood Unlocked, took this momentous occasion to launch his Hollywood Cares Foundation. This philanthropic initiative is dedicated to providing vital resources and assistance to communities in need, with a specific focus on youth services. Lee’s commitment to making a positive impact was evident as the foundation raised over $100K, with generous contributions from Deion Taylor on behalf of Robert F. Smith and Hidden Empire, as well as the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation.
The 2023 Impact Awards were a night to remember. It was a celebration of excellence, resilience, and the power of individuals to make a difference. Hollywood Unlocked once again proved its dedication to highlighting the voices that shape our culture and inspire positive change.