National Museum of African-American Music Ground-Breaking in Nashville to Honor Patti LaBelle, Kirk Franklin at 2017 Legends Luncheon

Patti LaBelle performs at the Dolby Theatre on Nov. 30, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Patti LaBelle performs at the Dolby Theatre on Nov. 30, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif. 

In advance of its fourth annual Legends Luncheon on June 1, the National Museum of African-American Music (NMAAM) will break ground for its long-anticipated formal residence at Fifth Avenue and Broadway in Nashville. The April 18 ceremony will take place at Bridgestone Pavilion, 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.”

NMAAM’s 2017 Legends Luncheon will honor artists Patti LaBelle and Kirk Franklin, artist/producer Teddy Riley and songwriter/producer David Porter on June 1 at Nashville’s City Winery. A component of the museum’s ongoing “My Music Matters” campaign, the luncheon benefits NMAAM’s educational programs. This year’s hosts are event co-chairs Catherine Brewton, VP, writer/publisher relations at BMI, and Phil Thornton, senior VP/GM at RCA Inspiration.

For more information about NMAAM and tickets to the Legends Luncheon, please visit NMAAM.org.