National Museum Of African American Music Releases 2019 State Of Black Music

The Nashville-based National Museum of African American Music has released its second annual State of Black Music summary, highlighting the top successes and trends in black music throughout the past year.

Last year, hip-hop overtook rock as the most-played music in the United States. Eight of the 10 most-streamed artists last year were rappers, with Drake ending 2018 as the most-streamed artist on the planet.

The video also noted that with the success of “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X became the most-streamed artist in a single week, following his collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus.

The video also highlighted the success of artists including Jimmie Allen, Rhiannon Giddens, Jonathan McReynolds and Wayne Shorter, as well as artists who were the subjects of documentaries such as Quincy Jones (Quincy), Beyoncé (Homecoming) and Aretha Franklin (Amazing Grace).

Missy Elliott was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music. Meanwhile, Childish Gambino‘s song “This Is America” became the first rap song to win the Grammy honor for Record of the Year.

H. Beecher Hicks III, president and CEO of the National Museum of African American Music, stated that, “the State of Black Music’s reach is larger than ever, spanning platforms, countries and genres.”

The National Museum of African American Music will open in Nashville next year, and will be the only museum dedicated to solely highlighting the work, influence, and achievements of African American musicians.


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