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National Museum of African-American Music ‘Legends Luncheon’ to Honor Patti LaBelle, Kirk Franklin

Singer Patti LaBelle performs onstage at AIDS Healthcare Foundations Keep the Promise Concert at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on November 30, 2016.
Singer Patti LaBelle performs onstage at AIDS Healthcare Foundations Keep the Promise Concert at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on November 30, 2016.

*Patti LaBelle, Kirk Franklin and Teddy Riley are among the artists to be honored at the National Museum of African-American Music’s (NMAAM) fourth annual Legends Luncheon in Nashville.

A component of the museum’s ongoing “My Music Matters” campaign, the luncheon benefits NMAAM’s educational programs.

Songwriter/producer David Porter will also be honored at the ceremony, to be held on June 1 at Nashville’s City Winery.

The event will follow an April 18 ground-breaking ceremony at the museum’s long-anticipated formal residence at Fifth Avenue and Broadway in Nashville, followed by a private reception. NMAAM is expected to be completed by first quarter 2020.

“The National Museum of African American Music is the story of the American soundtrack; one that fits perfectly into the narrative of Nashville’s Music City brand,” NMAAM president/CEO H. Beecher Hicks III tells Billboard. “We’re proud to be entrusted to tell a story so important to the fabric of our country. As Bruno Mars recently said [in an interview with Latina magazine], ‘Black music is what gives America its swag.’ We look forward to celebrating the more than 50 genres of music created, influenced or inspired by African Americans.”

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