Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective Event To Feature Yolanda Adams, H.E.R., & More

The Black Music Collective, a newly launched initiative by the Recording Academy, will host its inaugural Grammy Week event in celebration of Black creators’ and professionals’ contributions to the music industry.

The event will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning artists Yolanda Adams, H.E.R., and PJ Morton as well as and first-time Grammynominated rapper and producer duo Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist.

In addition to performances, the event will feature intimate reflections from industry moguls, including Universal Music Group’s Jeff Harleston; songwriting maverick Jimmy Jam; legendary record producer Quincy Jones; former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Networks Debra Lee; Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy Harvey Mason Jr.; and BMC Chair and Atlantic Records Executive Riggs Morales.

Fireside chats regarding the Black experience in the wake of social justice will be led by Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer of the Recording Academy Valeisha Butterfield Jones; Los Angeles Chapter Governor and recording artist John Legend; renowned activist Tamika D. Mallory; singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe; and actor, writer and producer Issa Rae.

The topics that will be discussed include the Impact of Black Music, The Culture Shifting Power of Black Music, Impact of Black Women in Music, and the Power, Purpose, and Progress of the State of Black Music.

The virtual program is hosted by the BMC Executive Sponsor Jeriel Johnson.

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