The Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame is designed “to honor iconic individuals and organizations that have impacted Black culture and community alongside those who continue to lead us into the future,” according to a statement. Foundational inductees of the walk of fame include Quincy Jones, James Brown and Otis Redding.
The walk of fame will be installed in the historic downtown Atlanta area on the sidewalks of Martin Luther King Jr. and Northside drives.
Created by Michael Mauldin and Demmette Guidry, founders of Black American Music Association, and Georgia State Representative Erica Thomas and Catherine Brewton, founders of the Georgia Entertainment Caucus, the Walk of Fame will be unveiled at a formal induction ceremony during Black Music Month in June.
Check out the list of nominees below
Mainstream male: Charlie Wilson, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Maxwell, Babyface
Mainstream female: Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Anita Baker
Hip-hop male: Nas, OutKast, Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, Public Enemy
Hip-hop female: Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott, MC Lyte, Lil’ Kim, Da Brat
Legacy artists: Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan
Gospel: The Clark Sisters, Kirk Franklin, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Shirley Caesar, Donald Lawrence
Music & entertainment mogul: Sean Combs, Dr. Dre, Queen Latifah, Will Smith, Jay-Z
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