The Power of Gospel: NMAAM’s Wade in the Water Gallery

The Power of Gospel: NMAAM’s Wade in the Water Gallery

The sound of faith is one that has contributed to America’s soundtrack by laying the foundation for what would become known as religious music or gospel. The National Museum of African American Music will feature a gallery called Wade in the Water to document the...
Black Music Honors Celebrates Musical Legends

Black Music Honors Celebrates Musical Legends

Paying homage to music icons that paved the way and celebrating their achievements was the highlight of the 2019 Black Music Honors show in Atlanta, Georgia. The event was held on September 5, at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and honored legendary artists who...
Visionary Missy Elliott Pushes Boundaries and Makes History

Visionary Missy Elliott Pushes Boundaries and Makes History

There’s no denying the impact that Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott has had on America’s soundtrack. The four time GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter/producer/rapper Melissa Arnette Elliot was the top female hip hop album seller through the late 90s and early 2000s. She has...
Blanco Brown Fuses Country & Rap to Create Trailer Trap Music

Blanco Brown Fuses Country & Rap to Create Trailer Trap Music

Crafting The Sound Meshing the sounds of country and hip hop, Blanco Brown’s affectionately coined “Trailer Trap” is now apart of America’s soundtrack. The sound draws from his influences including Outkast and Johnny Cash. Brown has been named as one of Billboard’s “7...
Lizzo’s Musical Tapestry with Various Genres

Lizzo’s Musical Tapestry with Various Genres

Music artists use their art to express a spectrum of emotions and singer/ rapper Lizzo is no different. She is taking a multitude of genres to get her point across as she weaves her musical tapestry into America’s soundtrack. Her message is one of self-worth, body...
A Look at How Black Music Month Started

A Look at How Black Music Month Started

African Americans have weaved together musical tapestries from various genres as a contribution to America’s soundtrack. This month, the National Museum of African American Music joins the rest of the country in celebrating Black Music Month. Since the end of the 70s,...
The State of Black Music

The State of Black Music

As we celebrate Black Music Month, NMAAM is reflecting on the past year in music. The state of Black music remains robust and continues to grow stronger. Its reach is larger than ever, spanning platforms, countries and genres. After overtaking rock as the most-played...
BET’s “Sunday Best” Returns with New Judges

BET’s “Sunday Best” Returns with New Judges

Gospel music is part of the foundation of America’s soundtrack. After a four year hiatus, BET’s gospel competition “Sunday Best” is heading back to the airwaves this summer with two new judges. Award winning gospel vocalists Erica Campbell and Jonathan...