On Thursday (June 17), the National Museum of African American Music honored Chaka Khan, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones and Smokey Robinson with the Rhapsody & Rhythm Award during the seventh annual Celebration of Legends Benefit Concert in Nashville, in recognition of their decades-long contributions in music.
Khan delivered a heartfelt, in-person speech after Bobby Brown presented her with the honor. She began, "This award goes to not just myself, but so many women who went before me. Some were my contemporaries, others were not, from Billie Holiday to Whitney Houston. This award goes to them, my sisters on this planet and in this field."
She continued: "I've had a beautiful career so far and I'm not finished yet," to which the audience applauded. Khan went on to reveal that she was tearful when she learned of her honor. "I love you, bye, bye," she concluded.