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Chloe Flower Is Redefining Classical Music (With Some Help from Cardi B)

April 10, 2019

The fierce performance by both Flower and Cardi B at the 61st Grammy Awards would be one of the most talked about performances of the night.While it may have been the first time most pop music fans became aware of Chloe Flower, who grew up in Pennsylvania and began taking serious piano lessons at the age of 12, she had been making waves on social media for a while, most notably by performing covers of pop and hip-hop hits like the “Despacito” remix, as well as “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar.

The instrumentalist, who is also a businesswoman and an activist (Flower is passionate about using music education as a means of preventing human trafficking), had one goal that night, and it’s the same goal she strives for every day: to show audiences that classical music is cool and accessible no matter your economic background.

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Closing the Gap: How Latina Artists Are Combating Gender Inequality in Urban Music

April 9, 2019

Research supports that female artists in Latin music are scarce. According to Dr. Stacy Smith and USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who analyzed the top 150 songs from the Billboard Hot Latin Songs Chart between 2015–2917, the ratio for every 10 male artists was one female artist. In 2015, six percent of artists were women in the top 150 songs of the chart, while 2017 saw a rise to 13 percent. In terms of songwriting, women represented 3.8 percent during the three years analyzed.

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Patti LaBelle, John Legend, SZA, Alicia Keys, Common & More Celebrate Aretha Franklin

March 6, 2019

On Jan. 13, 2019, the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles was filled with cheers, laughter and some tears as dozens of stars took to the stage to pay tribute to the late Grammy-winning icon Aretha Franklin with a special concert called “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration For The Queen Of Soul.”

Set to air on CBS on Sunday, March 10, and hosted by actor and comedian Tyler Perry, the talent-filled show featured performances from artists spanning generations, including Patti LaBelle, Alicia Keys, SZA, Janelle Monáe, John Legend, Yolanda Adams, Common, Alessia Cara, Brandi Carlile, Chloe x Halle, Celine Dion, Fantasia, H.E.R.and more.

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Gladys Knight & Chloe x Halle Open Super Bowl 2019

February 4, 2019

The Empress Of Soul Gladys Knight opened Super Bowl 2019 in her hometown of Atlanta with a powerful rendition of the National Anthem. The Super Bowl kickoff also featured first-time GRAMMY nominees Chloe x Halle, who sang a stunning duet of “America the Beautiful.”

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Quincy Jones to Receive Special Achievement Honor from the African-American Film Critics Association

January 17, 2019

GRAMMY-winning music legend Quincy Jones will receive a Special Achievement honor from the African-American Film Critics Association, the largest group of black film critics.

“Quincy Jones is a cultural icon,” AAFCA co-founder Shawn Edwards said in a statement. “For nearly 70 years, he has helped shape pop culture as a music composer and producer as well as a film/TV composer and producer. His creative influence is unparalleled. He has molded the arts, film and music with a force that we may never witness again in our lifetime and given back all along the way.”

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Music Fans Traveled the World for Live Events in 2018

December 11, 2018

Music lovers and fans of man other live events dusted off their passports and headed out to international destinations to catch music live in 2018, a new study shows. The study, solely based on sales from StubHub, shows roughly 200,000 customers went to a different country to experience one of approximately 30,000 live events, according to Rolling Stone. Fans included in the report come from 144 countries that include the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Mexico and France. The U.S. and the U.K. are home to the fans most likely to travel for concerts, festivals, sports and other live events.

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Beyoncé Donates $100K in Scholarships to Historically Black Universities

April 18, 2018

Beyoncé’s Saturday night headlining set at Coachella was the talk of weekend one. Now the GRAMMY winner has announced she’s donating $100k in scholarship funds to be shared among four historically black universities. The singer plans to donate four $25,000 scholarships to be awarded to one student each at Bethune-Cookman University, Tuskegee University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Wilberforce University through the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018–2019 academic year as part of her BeyGOOD initiative.

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