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The National Museum of African American Music will honor Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, and Smokey Rob

The Rhapsody & Rhythm Awards, presented by the National Museum of African American Music, will honor Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers in 2021.

Quincy Jones

The award will be presented on June 17 at NMAAM's seventh annual Celebration of Legends Benefit Concert.


The fundraiser event will also serve as the opener for NMAAM's three-day Black Music Month celebration (June 17-19), which will be hosted by the newly opened Nashville venue and Amazon.


“NMAAM showcases Black music excellence every day, but this year's Black Music Month will be a remarkable one as we celebrate the museum's opening with phenomenal music legends and Black music fans around the world,” said NMAAM president/CEO Henry Beecher Hicks III in announcing the honorees and upcoming celebration. We can't wait to open our doors and celebrate Juneteenth weekend with our supporters, fans, and a few musical legends.”

Lionel Richie

The Thursday benefit concert and honoree presentation, which is sponsored by Amazon, will feature live and virtual tribute performances, as well as limited in-person seating for the live-streamed show. CeCe Winans, Nile Rodgers, Gloria Gaynor, George Clinton, Jody Watley, and Keb' Mo' are among the previous Rhapsody & Rhythm honorees.


“Thinking large is one of Amazon's core values,” said Courtney Ross, Amazon Nashville's senior manager of external affairs. “We understand that we can only do this if we all work together to respect, elevate, and celebrate all voices. We're thrilled to be a partner and presenting sponsor of NMAAM's Black Music Month celebration this year. It's a pleasure to be a part of the museum's mission, which is critical to helping our larger community broaden its thinking.”




The weekend festivities begin on Friday (June 18), as the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAM) hosts its first State of Black Music Summit. Artists, business leaders, and entertainment producers will take part in a variety of panel discussions during the one-day event, which will be live-streamed. The weekend will conclude on June 19 with a museum dedication ceremony during the day, followed by a block party that evening, which will coincide with this year's Juneteenth (Emancipation Day) celebrations around the world.


For more information, about NMAAM and its Black Music Month celebration, visit www.BlackMusicMonth.com.


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