“This is the only event like this in the world in black music,” Jermaine Dupri said as he was inducting Otis Redding at the Black Music and Entertainment Walk Of Fame event.
During the speech, the Def Jam founder continued saying “I feel this will be the most important award ceremony in our business.” The inaugural class also included James Brown, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Shirley Caesar, Missy Elliott, OutKast, Beyonce, Sean Combs, Kirk Franklin and Usher.
At 39, Beyoncé is the youngest to bear her name on Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame pic.twitter.com/KRwlyxAmMb
— mick (@yonceir) June 17, 2021
Marlon Jackson looking handsome & fabulous at the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame Inauguration 2021 #MichaelJackson #Icon #MarlonJackson #AtlantaGA June 17, 2021🎊👑🍾🎼🎹 pic.twitter.com/vceyWHrl1E
— Paula Pepper (@happygirlinla79) June 17, 2021
— James Brown Family (@JamesBrownFF) June 17, 2021
It was finalized via an agreement between the City of Atlanta, the Georgia Entertainment Caucus and the Black American Music Association. It is fitting that “Black Music Month’ now has an event that celebrates the contributions by artists who empower the “Black culture and the community at large.” Atlanta being a hotbed for black entertainment it will help the city with entrenching itself as a landmark similar to the “Hollywood Walk Of Fame” in Los Angeles.
Big day in Atlanta honoring legends at the city’s first Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame! Congratulations to all the inductees 👑 pic.twitter.com/HakKA9K53p
— Hannah Gebresilassie (@hannahjoyTV) June 17, 2021
Georgia State Representative Erica Thomas is one of the founders of the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame. The Atlanta City Council recently passed an ordinance to approve the installation. Thomas, along with members of the Georgia Entertainment Caucus, hosted the event on Thursday.
“I want to thank Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta City Council for helping this Walk of Fame come to fruition, especially Councilman Antonio Brown who introduced the local ordinance,” Thomas said.
“As those around us try to silence Black history, it is more important than ever to preserve Black history. Our stories will not be silenced. Our history will not be forgotten. And, now, the success of Black creators and entertainers will be memorialized here in Atlanta.”
Mayor @KeishaBottoms celebrated the unveiling of the star-studded Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame with @Blackamaorg. Stop by MLK Jr. Drive to pay your respects to some of the greatest entertainers of all time! pic.twitter.com/NY0vydy3fu
— City of Atlanta, GA (@CityofAtlanta) June 17, 2021
Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame comes to life in Atlanta pic.twitter.com/By3MbOwlGh
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) June 17, 2021
The event had emotional moments with artists accepting their flowers while still alive. Missy Elliot was one of the artists who was visibly emotional during her acceptance. Check out the moving clip below.
— Jewel Wicker (@jewelwickershow) June 17, 2021
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