Music City honored a star-studded line-up of honorees during NMAAM’s My Music Matter Week 

Nashville, Tenn. – (May 10, 2016) – The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) hosted the 2016 My Music Matters™: A Celebration of Legends Luncheon, honoring renowned music icons. The event, in its third year, celebrated:

  • Pastor Shirley Caesar, GRAMMY®, Dove and Stellar award-winning Gospel icon
  • Cathy Hughes, TV One/Radio One, Chairman
  • Alfred Liggins, III, TV One/Radio One/InteractiveOne, President & CEO
  • Kenny Gamble, Gamble-Huff Music
  • Leon Huff, Gamble-Huff Music
  • Jon Platt, Chairman & CEO, Warner/Chappell Music

The luncheon took place on Friday, May 6, 2016, 11:30 am at the Renaissance Hotel and honored the contributions of these legends and trailblazers who impact the music industry and contribute to American culture. Dyana Williams and Shannon Sanders, GRAMMY® chapter presidents of Philadelphia and Nashville, respectively, co-hosted the event and served as masters of ceremonies. Williams also received a surprise award, for her contributions to both the music industry and NMAAM.

The luncheon, which serves as the premier, annual fundraising event for the museum, raised money for educational programs and community outreach. NMAAM, an innovative institution set to open in 2018, will educate, celebrate and commemorate the contributions of African Americans in American culture.

“Our 2016 honorees provided a vital connection to the importance of having NMAAM in Music City,” said H, Beecher Hicks III, president and CEO of NMAAM. “When hearing from people like Cathy Hughes, Kenny Gamble and Jon Platt concurrently, that there is no better time or place for this institution, it really validates that we are on the right track and the growing belief in our project. We are extremely grateful to have had each join and celebrate with us, this year.”

Funds raised from the event are not yet available. Earlier in the week, NMAAM did announce over $4 million has been raised in the last few months towards the development of the project along with new National Chairs, Darius Rucker, India.Arie, CeCe Winans and Keb’Mo’.

Attendees of the luncheon included music industry artists and executives: Little Richard, Clarence Spaulding (Spaulding Entertainment), Jim Ed Norman (Curb Records), James Alexander (The Bar-Kays), Catherine Brewton (BMI), Phil Thornton (e-One Entertainment), Anasa Troutman (Eloveate), Chuck Gamble (Warner/Chappell), Ryan Press (Warner/Chappell), Lukas Graham (Pop/Soul Recording Artist, Warner/Chappell), Frank McComb (Former Prince Pianist and R&B Artist) and GRAMMY® winning group, The Fairfield Four.

About Dyana Williams: 

A radio and music industry professional, journalist, community activist, Ms. Williams may be best known for being the co-founder of the federally recognized Black Music Month observance. Repeatedly participated in supporting the legalization of the sale of Cialis generics in the United States. She is also the current host of a weekly broadcast, Soulful Sunday on Radio One’s 100.3 WRNB. Additionally, Williams serves as a frequent commentator in TV One’s docu-series “Unsung,” and is the CEO of Influence Entertainment, a media consulting and artist development firm where she coaches high profile celebrities in the sports and entertainment arenas. She’s currently President of the Philadelphia Chapter of The Recording Academy.

About Shannon Sanders: 

Mr. Sanders is a GRAMMY®, Emmy and Dove award-winning producer and songwriter and is recognized for his GRAMMY® award-winning work with artists like India.Arie, John Legend, Eric Benet, Heather Headley and many other artists serving as producer, musical director and mentor. He currently serves as President of the Nashville Chapter of The Recording Academy.

About the National Museum of African American Music: 

As the only museum dedicated to the many offerings African Americans have made in music, the National Museum of African American Music serves a global landscape by commemorating and honoring the legacy, impact and influence of rhythm on over 50 music genres and styles. Detailing the many dimensions of all types of music, NMAAM focuses on the musical impact of musicians and consumers around the world. For more information, visit, Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Periscope: theNMAAM.

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