INAUGURAL BLACK MUSIC COLLECTIVE GRAMMY WEEK CELEBRATION

Recording Academy
 

The Recording Academy's newly launched Black Music Collective hosted its inaugural GRAMMY Week event on March, 10, 2021, in celebration of Black creators' and professionals' countless contributions to the music industry. The historic event featured an array of esteemed Black music creators and professionals known for amplifying Black voices in music and beyond. The event was presented by Mastercard®.

 
 

GUESTS & PERFORMERS

 
Yolanda Adams
Yolanda Adams
Yolanda Adams

Yolanda Adams


4-time GRAMMY-winning Gospel singer 

Adams currently serves on the Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees.

Valeisha Butterfield-Jones
Valeisha Butterfield Jones
Valeisha Butterfield-Jones

Valeisha Butterfield Jones


Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Recording Academy 

She is responsible for advancing the Recording Academy's mission and ensuring that diversity and inclusion are core to business values and standards, and demonstrated throughout the organization. In her role, Butterfield Jones brings business acumen and strategic rigor to inclusion practices across all areas of the Recording Academy, including internal and external programs, organizational and staff culture, membership, awards and related initiatives. Butterfield Jones is also responsible for designing, building and implementing world-class programs and industry standards focused on inclusion, belonging and representation for underrepresented communities and creators.

Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Gibbs

Freddie Gibbs


GRAMMY-nominated Rap/Hip-Hop Artist

GRAMMY-nominated Rap/Hip Hop duo Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist released their first collaborative studio album, “Alfredo” in 2020. Gibbs and The Alchemist have worked together on projects in the past, the most notable being the 2018 album “Fetti” with fellow rapper Curren$y, featuring guest appearances from Rick Ross, Benny the Butcher, Tyler, the Creator, and Conway the Machine. 

Jeff Harleston
Jeff Harleston
Jeff Harleston

Jeff Harleston


General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at Universal Music Group​
Honorary Chair, Black Music Collective
 

Harleston is responsible for overseeing all business transactions, contracts, and litigation for UMG’s operations worldwide. In addition, he is also responsible for the company’s government relations, trade and anti-piracy activities.

H.E.R.
H.E.R.
H.E.R.

H.E.R.


2-time GRAMMY-winning R&B singer/songwriter 

H.E.R. is currently nominated for three GRAMMYs at this year’s awards.

Jimmy Jam
Jimmy Jam
Jimmy Jam

Jimmy Jam


5-time GRAMMY-winning R&B/Pop Singer, Songwriter, and Producer
Honorary Chair, Black Music Collective 

Jam co-wrote monster hits for Janet Jackson, George Michael, Mariah Carey and more with his partner, Terry Lewis. Jam is a past Chair of the Academy’s Board of Trustees.

Jeriel Johnson
Jeriel Johnson
Jeriel Johnson

Jeriel Johnson


Executive Director, Washington, D.C. Chapter, Recording Academy 
Executive Sponsor, Black Music Collective

Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones


28-time GRAMMY-winner​
Honorary Chair, Black Music Collective
 

An impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, Quincy Jones’ career has encompassed the roles of composer; artist; arranger; conductor; instrumentalist; record company executive; magazine founder; multi-media entrepreneur; humanitarian; investor; and record, film, and TV producer. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African, and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including records, live performance, movies, and television.

Debra Lee
Debra Lee
Debra Lee

Debra Lee


Former Chair and CEO, BET Networks 
Honorary Chair, Black Music Collective
 

She recently launched The Monarchs Collective, a new consulting firm focused on elevating Black executives and women, with noted executive coach and management consultant, Rabia de Lande Long.

John Legend
John Legend
John Legend

John Legend


11-time GRAMMY-winning Singer, Songwriter, Producer, and Philanthropist
Honorary Chair, Black Music Collective
  

Legend is currently nominated for two GRAMMYs at this year’s awards, and he is currently a part of the Academy’s Board of Trustees.

Tamika Mallory
Tamika Mallory
Tamika Mallory

Tamika Mallory


Co-Founder, Until Justice

Tamika Mallory is a nationally recognized civil rights activist and seasoned community organizer. She served as the youngest ever Executive Director of the National Action Network. Mallory was the co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, the largest single day demonstration in US history. She most recently gave what has been dubbed “the speech of a generation” – State of Emergency in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. She is an expert in the areas of gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and grassroots organizing.

Harvey Mason jr.
Harvey Mason jr.
Harvey Mason jr.

Harvey Mason jr.


5-time GRAMMY-nominated Producer and Songwriter 
Chair of the Board and Interim CEO/President, Recording Academy
 

Mason has penned and produced songs for industry legends like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Elton John, as well as today’s superstars including Justin Bieber, Beyonce, John Legend, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, and Chris Brown.

Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe


8-time GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter

In 2016 Monáe made her major motion picture debut with a performance in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight, along with her breakout role in Hidden Figures. Since then, she’s starred in countless motion pictures and released her groundbreaking studio album, “Dirty Computer,” in 2018. Her credits as a singer/songwriter, actress, producer, and activist have reserved Monáe’s spot as a household name in today’s entertainment industry.

Riggs Morales
Riggs Morales
Riggs Morales

Riggs Morales


Sr. Vice President, A&R and Artist Development, Atlantic Records 
Trustee, New York Chapter, Recording Academy 

Morales has worked with award winning artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Janelle Monae, Action Bronson, Tayla Parx and the groundbreaking Broadway musical, Hamilton.

The Alchemist
The Alchemist
The Alchemist

The Alchemist


GRAMMY-nominated Rap/Hip-Hop Producer

GRAMMY-nominated Rap/Hip Hop duo Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist released their first collaborative studio album, “Alfredo” in 2020. Gibbs and The Alchemist have worked together on projects in the past, the most notable being the 2018 album “Fetti” with fellow rapper Curren$y, featuring guest appearances from Rick Ross, Benny the Butcher, Tyler, the Creator, and Conway the Machine.  

PJ Morton
PJ Morton
PJ Morton

PJ Morton


2-time GRAMMY-winning Neo-Soul artist, singer/songwriter and Record Producer

PJ Morton has taken the world by storm with his strengths not only as a vocalist, but a keyboardist, arranger, and visionary as well. With 14 GRAMMY nominations and two wins under his belt, the Gospel musician has made a lasting imprint on the music industry with his creative works, including collaborations with Maroon 5, Solange, and Stevie Wonder. 

Issa Rae
Issa Rae
Issa Rae

Issa Rae


TV / Film Actor, Producer, and Writer

California native Issa Rae is known for her role in the hit TV show Insecure, as well as her roles in the noteworthy films The Hate You Give, The Photograph, and most recently, The Lovebirds. Rae is also an established producer and writer. Her 2015 memoir, titled The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, became a New York Times best-seller. As an actress Issa Rae has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for her outstanding comedic performances.  

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