2018 - 2017

Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented by:
New York City Mission Society
April 24, 2018

Humanitarian Award

Presented by:
Cora Masters Barry and the Recreation Wish List Committee
at the Platinum Experience Gala
October 26, 2017

MLK Day: Lifetime Service of Excellence in Business & Communications Award

Presented by:
National Action Network
January 16, 2017

Lowry Mays Award

Presented by:
Broadcasters Foundation of America
April 11, 2018

Black Women In Media Award

Presented by:
Black Women In Media
March 29, 2018

Executive Trailblazer: In Recognition of your Leadership & Dedication to the Mission of Diversity

Presented by:
T. Howard Foundation


Hattie McDaniel Award

Presented by:
Reel Sisters
October 14, 2016

Women Of Color Empowerment Institute

Cathy Hughes:  Women Of Empowerment Conference Speaker
“Building Relationships….Uniting Leaders”

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

Presented by:
The National Museum Of African American Music
May 6, 2016

Cathy Hughes Inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame



Business Ambassador of the Year

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

The Ad Color Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented by:
The ADCOLOR Industry Coalition
for excellence, dedication, and contribution to the fields
of radio, television, marketing, and business
September 19, 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.”
November 18, 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
September 19, 2015


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.”
October 3, 2014

The CBCF Chair’s Pheonix Award

Presented by:
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Awarded on the 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 for Visionary Leadership

Presented by:
DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities

2012 - 2011

Trailblazer of the Year Award
Women Leaders

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

Ida B. Wells Living Legend Award

Presented by:
National Women’s History Museum
De Pizan Honors

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


The 2010 Star Award

Presented by:
The National Capital Area Chapter
of the Alliance of Women in Media
June 3, 2010

Women of Excellence in Communications

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

Cathy Hughes is Inducted into the Radio Hall Of Fame


Leadership Award

Presented by:
Inwood House

2009 - 2008

The People Inaugural Project Award

Presented by:
The Stafford Foundation Inc.
for untiring and dedicated service to the success of
The People’s Inaugural Project
January 20, 2009

Trailblazer Award

Presented by:
Rev. Jesse Jackson
Martin L. King, Esq., Russell Ewert
Rainbow Push Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund
Annual Conference
January 9, 2008

Telly Awards

One Love Gospel Cruise
Sizzle Reel Winner


African-American Small Business Excellence Award

Presented by:
The 13th Annual African-American Business Achievement
Pinnacle Award
October 19, 2007

A Giant of Broadcasting Award

Presented by:
The Library of American Broadcasting
September 19, 2007

Corporate Award

Presented by:
The Ludacris Foundation
at the 4th Annual Ludacris Foundation Benefit Dinner
May 18, 2007

Media Executive of the Year

Presented by:
Marketing to African-Americans with Excellence

Power Award

Presented by:
Essence Women Shaping the World
Pioneer, Visionary, Leader
October 5, 2007

A Celebration of Life, Hope & Possibilities

Presented by:
Jeddy 25th Anniversary
June 10, 2007

Women of Influence Award:
Business Legend

Presented by:
African-American 8th Business Forum

Telly Award

Presented by:
Radio One 25th Anniversary History Documentary

2006 - 2005

The Messenger Award

for Excellence in Communication
April 20, 2006

Height of Excellence in Media

Presented by:
Uncommon Height
March 21, 2006

Business Trailblazer Award

Presented by:
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Martin L. King, Esq., Russell Ewert
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund
Annual Conference
June 17, 2005

Fourth Annual CSBE Conference Award

Presented by:
Miami – Dade County
for serving as the Keynote Speaker for
the Department of Business Development
April 2, 2005

25 Years of Dedicated Service to the
Broadcast & Music Industries &
Being A Voice in the Community

Presented by:
The Urban Network Entertainment
Marketing Summit
April 8, 2006

Executive Leadership Council
Achievement Award

October 27, 2005

National Award

Presented by:
Washington DC Hall of Fame
April 17, 2005

2004 - 2000

Champion of Democracy

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

The Pepsi 2002 Omni Music Festival
4th Annual Lorine Wade-Hunter Award

Presented by:
Music World Music
for 20+ years of broadcast service to the community
April 4, 2002

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Presented by:
National Black MBA Association Inc.
Annual Conference and Exposition
Chicago, IL
October 8, 2000

2003 National Entrepreneur Award

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

Essence Award

Presented by:
Essence Magazine

Outstanding Leadership Award

September 23, 2000

1998 - 1996

Seventh Congressional District
Humanitarian Award

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

First Annual Hits/Jam7 Conference
Doctors Special Recognition Award

January 27, 1996

Celebrating Women of Achievement

Presented by:
Ford Motor Company
Freedom’s Sisters

Essence Magazine Feature

October, 1998

Alumni “Sankofa” Award

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

NAACP Corporate Life Award

Presented by:
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People