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NMAAM TO HONOR CHAKA KHAN

Chaka Khan will receive the Rhapsody & Rhythm Award 6/17 at the National Museum of African American Music’s seventh annual Celebration of Legends Benefit Concert.

Part of the museum’s fundraising efforts, the show will kick off a weekend-long Black Music Month observance hosted by NMAAM and Amazon.

“NMAAM showcases Black music excellence every day, but this year’s Black Music Month will be a special one as we celebrate the museum’s opening with phenomenal music icons and Black music fans across the world,” NMAAM President and CEO Henry Beecher Hicks III said. “We can’t wait to open our doors and share in the joy of Juneteenth weekend with our supporters, fans and a few musical legends as well.”

This year’s benefit concert, sponsored by Amazon, will include a mix of in-person and virtual experiences honoring recipients Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and the Fisk Jubilee Singers, with limited in-person seating.

“One of Amazon’s core values is to think big. We know that we can only do that when we all work together to recognize, elevate and celebrate all voices,” said Courtney Ross, Amazon Nashville’s senior manager of External Affairs.

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