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NMAAM Kicks of Black Music Month with My Music Matters
By City News Service
Published June 8, 2017

Patti LaBelle and President & CEO at National Museum of African American Music Museum Henry Beecher Hicks, III arrive to the 4th Annual My Music Matters: A Celebration Of Legends Lunch at City Winery Nashville on June 1, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo Courtesy:Anna Webber/Getty Images for NMAAM)

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) kicked off Black Music Month with its fourth annual My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Lunch on Thursday, June 1 at City Winery in Nashville, TN.

This year, the Museum honored icons Patti LaBelle, Kirk Franklin, Teddy Riley and David Porter for their invaluable contributions to music and American culture. Actor and comedian David Mann served as master of ceremonies for the afternoon and artists Mannie Fresh, Dave Hollister, Le’Andria Johnson, Tamela Mann, Kelly Price, Jeremy O’Bryan Jones and Avery Wilson treated the 400-plus guests to unforgettable tribute performances.

The My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Lunch is a signature event created by NMAAM in 2014 to celebrate African American music icons and the legacy of African American music. It is an extension of The Museum’s My Music Matters programing, which provides opportunities to explore the global influence of African American music. Proceeds from the Celebration of Legends Luncheon will benefit the Museum, which is scheduled to open its doors in Nashville in 2019.

American record producer, songwriter, singer, entrepreneur and philanthropist David Porter and American Gospel singer Tamela Mann during the 4th Annual My Music Matters: A Celebration Of Legends Lunch at City Winery Nashville on June 1, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo Courtesy: Anna Webber/Getty Images for NMAAM)

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