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Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame

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Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame
LocationAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
TypeEntertainment walk of fame
WebsiteOfficial website

The Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and was inaugurated in January 2021.[1] The goal of the monument is to honor African Americans, and Black people internationally, for their achievements in entertainment.[2] The Walk of Fame is located in the historic Downtown Atlanta area, on the sidewalks of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Northside Drive.[3]

Quincy Jones, Otis Redding, and James Brown were among the first to be honored, as "Foundational Inductees", and were inducted in June 2021.[4] There are seven categories for induction; there are separate male and female categories in both hip-hop and mainstream (the Walk of Fame uses the term "mainstream" to differentiate R&B from hip-hop). While there’s one combined male/female category for legacy artists, gospel and music & entertainment moguls.[5] Thirty-five performers were nominated for the inaugural ceremony.[6] The ceremony was set for June 17, 2021. Other inaugural inductees include Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Usher, Missy Elliott and Outkast.[7]


Musician Quincy Jones was one of the first inductees.
Name Nationality Specialty Date Ref.
Quincy Jones  United States Foundational June 17, 2021 [8]
James Brown
Otis Redding
Stevie Wonder [7]
Michael Jackson Legacy
Sean Combs Mainstream mogul
Beyoncé Mainstream female
Usher Mainstream male
Missy Elliott Hip-hop female
Outkast Hip-hop males
Shirley Caesar Gospel female
Kirk Franklin Gospel male
Fela Kuti  Nigeria International February 17, 2022 [9]
Smokey Robinson  United States Foundational [8]
Berry Gordy
Cicely Tyson
Ray Charles [10]
Lionel Richie Legacy
Tyler Perry Mainstream mogul
Mary J. Blige Mainstream female
Prince Mainstream male
(later upgraded to Legacy)
Lauryn Hill Hip-hop female
Snoop Dogg Hip-hop male
Yolanda Adams Gospel female
Donald Lawrence Gospel male
New Edition Mainstream Male Group
TLC Mainstream Female Group
BeBe & CeCe Winans Gospel Group
Bob Marley  Jamaica International June 18, 2022 [9]
Cathy Hughes  United States Foundational [11]
Duke Ellington
Gamble and Huff
T. D. Jakes
Robert Smith
Patti LaBelle Legacy
Steve Harvey Mainstream mogul
Angela Bassett Mainstream female
Charlie Wilson Mainstream male
Nas Hip-hop male
Tamela Mann Gospel female
Donnie McClurkin Gospel male
The Clark Sisters Gospel Group
Bobby Jones Foundational February 28, 2023 [12]
Andrew Young
Danny Glover
Dallas Austin October 27, 2023 [13]
Jermaine Dupri
Mahalia Jackson
Marvin Sapp
Magic Johnson Mainstream mogul
Queen Latifah Hip-hop female
Busta Rhymes Hip-hop male
Lil Wayne


  1. ^ "Black Music And Entertainment Walk of Fame Unveiled In Atlanta". BET.com. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  2. ^ "PAVING THE WAY FOR ATLANTA'S BLACK MUSIC WALK OF FAME". HITS Daily Double. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  3. ^ "Black Music And Entertainment Walk of Fame Unveiled In Atlanta". BET. Retrieved November 27, 2023.
  4. ^ Digital and Radio Facts (February 22, 2021). "Black American Music Association (BAM) And Georgia Entertainment Caucus (GEC) Announce Walk Of Fame Nominees - Digital And Radio Facts". Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  5. ^ "Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame Announced With First Three Inductees". www.billboard.com. February 18, 2021. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  6. ^ Rob, D. J. (February 21, 2021). "For the Black Music Walk of Fame in Atlanta to be taken seriously, it first has to BE serious!". Djrobblog.com. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Ruggieri, Melissa (May 5, 2021). "Black Music Walk of Fame to honor James Brown, OutKast, Usher and others in Atlanta". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame Announced With First Three Inductees | Music Industry Wire". Archived from the original on April 14, 2021. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  9. ^ a b Conteh, Mankaprr (February 22, 2022). "More Excellence: Snoop Dogg, Fela Kuti, Berry Gordy Honored at Atlanta's Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  10. ^ Nazareno, Mia (December 17, 2021). "Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy, Jr. & More to Be Inducted at 2022 Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame". Billboard. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
  11. ^ BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors (May 16, 2022). "Inductees Announced For The Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame June 2022 Induction". Black Enterprise. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  12. ^ "Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame Announces its Black History Month Class of Inductees" (Press release). PR Newswire. February 1, 2023. Retrieved February 18, 2023.
  13. ^ "Celebrating Legends: Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame's Induction and 50th Year of Hip Hop Celebration" (Press release). In Da House Media. October 27, 2023. Retrieved December 30, 2023.

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