Queen Latifah, Lil Wayne and Others Named 2023 Walk of Fame Honorees – Billboard


Queen Latifah, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes and Jermaine Dupri are the 2023 Black Music Month class inductees on the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame (BMEWOF). The announcement was made jointly by the Black American Music Association (BAMAssoc) and the Georgia Entertainment Caucus (GEC). The annual inaugural ceremony will be held in Atlanta on October 26th.


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The Class of 2023 also includes Magic Johnson, Dallas Austin, Marvin Sapp and Mahalia Jackson. All honorees will be honored by installing the Crown Jewel of Excellence badge on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in front of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta.

Founders of the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame include Demmette Guidry (BAMAssoc), Erica Thomas (GEC), Michael Mauldin (BAMAssoc) and Catherine Brewton (GEC). “This year’s inductees embody black excellence and their respective work will have an impact on generations to come,” Bruton said in a statement announcing the 2023 honorees.

BMEWOF’s Class of 2023 inductees join a sizable group of previous winners. In music, including Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, James Brown, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Patti LaBelle, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Ms. Hill, Nas, Run-DMC, Snoop Dogg and OutKast.

Founded in 2017, the American Black Music Association is a membership-based trade organization for music industry professionals, creators, academics, music industry stakeholders and the wider community. It works to preserve, protect and promote the heritage and future of black music.


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