As part of Black Music Month, Billboard's Gail Mitchell was honored by Live Nation for her lofty contributions and accomplishments in the journalism industry. Serving as the company's executive director for the R&B/Hip-Hop division, Mitchell spearheaded a bevy of Billboard covers, most notably last year's R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players issue, which featured Kehlani, Teyana Taylor, Summer Walker, and Jhene Aiko.
"People should pay attention. That's a lot of us out here who know a lot about the history of Black Music, [and] have a lot to share," she says in the honorary video.
An avid reader at a very early age, Mitchell jump-started her career after attending Loyola Marymount University. During her time in college, she worked inside the president's office. There, Mitchell served as the assistant to the executive secretary to the president. Then, two days out of the week, she worked alongside RKO Radio's national music coordinator and learned about trade publications, including Billboard.