National Museum of African American Music to Honor Charlie Wilson, Nile Rodgers & More

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Charlie Wilson performs onstage at the Shrine Auditorium on Feb. 12, 2016 in Los Angeles.

The National Museum of African American Music will honor Charlie Wilson, Nile Rodgers, Yolanda Adams, Keb’ Mo’ and Monami Entertainment CEO Mona Scott-Young at its fifth annual Celebration of Legends. The honorees will be presented with the museum’s Rhapsody & Rhythm Award on May 31 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.

In a statement announcing the 2018 honorees, NMAAM president/CEO H. Beecher Hicks III said the five “represent the talented, accomplished and decorated musical pioneers that the National Museum of African American Music seeks to elevate. Their storied careers have a prominent place in history, and we’re proud to honor with them with this award.” Previous honorees include Warner/Chappell chairman/CEO Jon Platt, Patti LaBelle, production duo Gamble & Huff, Kirk Franklin and Teddy Riley.

The Celebration of Legends benefits NMAAM’s various educational and community programs, including its Emerging Artist Series. The Nashville-based museum is set to open in 2019. For ticket information and gala updates, visit nmaam.org.