Museum of African American Music to honour Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie and Smokey Robinson

Music pioneers Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and the Fisk Jubilee Singers have been chosen as the 2021 recipients of the National Museum of African American Music’s Rhapsody & Rhythm Awards.

The presentation, according to Billboard, will take place during NMAAM’s seventh annual Celebration of Legends Benefit Concert on June 17.

The fundraising event will also double as NMAAM’s kickoff to its three-day celebration of Black Music Month (June 17-19), hosted by the recently opened Nashville venue and Amazon.

Sponsored by Amazon, the Thursday benefit concert and honoree presentation will feature live and virtual tribute performances with limited in-person seating for the live-streamed event. Previous Rhapsody & Rhythm honorees include CeCe Winans, Nile Rodgers, Gloria Gaynor, George Clinton, Jody Watley and Keb’ Mo’.

“One of Amazon’s core values is to think big,” commented Courtney Ross, Amazon Nashville’s senior manager of External Affairs. “We know that we can only do that when we all work together to recognize, elevate and celebrate all voices. We are excited to be NMAAM’s partner and the presenting sponsor for this year’s Black Music Month celebration. The work the museum is doing is essential to helping our wider community expand the way it thinks, and it’s an honour to be a part of it all.”

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