ON THE COVER: BLACK HISTORY MONTH

A vintage shot of the legendary Chaka Khan graces the cover of our Black History Month 2023 special issue; the artist is also the subject of an in-depth interview. The volume likewise features thoughtful pieces on Janet Jackson, the women of Southern hip-hop, Minnie Riperton, Leontyne Price and other extraordinary women creators.

Chaka is now celebrating her 50th anniversary in the biz. Her career spans virtually every popular genre, and her skill and insight as an interpreter of song are unrivaled. We are exceptionally fortunate to have a candid, illuminating interview with this great star, conducted by Dyana Williams (herself celebrating her golden anniversary in the biz). Stay tuned for that.

Photo: Leonard M. DeLessio/Corbis via Getty Images

HITS LIST:
HOME RUN DERBY
Going yard (7/11a)
SONG REVENUE:
SCHLEMIEL, SHABOOZEY
Th epitome of new country (7/11a)
GRAMMY PRE-CHEW:
THREE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIG 4
On your Marks, get set, go. (7/8a)
TOWARD A FRUITFUL GRAMMY SEASON
Our editurr in chief has something on his mined. (7/10a)
SABRINA TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS WITH TOUR MERCH?
Her table's stacked. (7/10a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
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