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India.Arie (Photo: NNPA) 

The announcement comes from an artist who has been a powerful voice in the music industry for over two decades.

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Beyoncé’s “Cowboy Carter” album art (Photo: NNPA) 

With an impressive 407,000 equivalent album units, “Cowboy Carter” secures Beyoncé’s eighth chart-topping album, solidifying her status as a musical powerhouse. Fans and critics alike said the remarkable feat reflects her artistry’s enduring appeal and influence.

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Country musician Linda Martell at her home in South Carolina in 2021. Sean Rayford/Getty Images 

Linda Martell is the first commercially successful Black female country music artist.

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Photo: NNPA 

The latest report from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative reflected on the strides forward and the persistent obstacles women’s professionals in the music industry face.

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Brittney Spencer (Credit: CBS Saturday) 

With Beyoncé’s release of new country songs, “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages,” there is currently an increased interest in Black country music stars. Contrary to what many think, the musical genre has always consisted of multiple people of color.

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Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cher, Lenny Kravitz and the late Sinéad O’Connor are some the 2024 nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Nods also went to Sade, Oasis and Ozzy Osbourne, who led many parents in the 1980s to clutch their pearls with his devil imagery and sludgy music. Nominations also were handed to hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, soft rockers Foreigner, singer-guitarist Peter Frampton, alt-rockers Jane’s Addiction and Dave Matthews Band, and dance icons Kool & the Gang.

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Following renaming the former Vauxhall Service Area on the Garden State Parkway in honor of Whitney Houston, the New Jersey Hall of Fame joined The Estate of Whitney E. Houston and public officials on Dec. 14, to unveil the service area’s exhibits and other initiatives in her honor.

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Lenny Kravitz 

In a statement, Kravitz expressed the importance of setting the record straight. “It is important to me to set the record straight on recent media reports based on an interview I did,” Kravitz asserted. “My Black musical heritage means a lot to me, and I owe my success to my supporters who have taken this journey with me over the span of my career.”

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FILE - Jon Batiste performs during the Bourbon and Beyond Music Festival in Louisville, Ky., on Sept. 17, 2023. Batiste received six Grammy nominations on Friday. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) 

The “Uneasy Tour: Purifying the Airwaves for the People” will kick off Feb. 16 in Portland, Oregon, and take Batiste across the U.S. and Canada.

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(Warner Music via AP) 

 She's achieved EGOT status, she's the only artist to have a No. 1 song in each of the past six decades — heck, she's got her own gelato business, Cherlato. But a Christmas album? That's new territory.

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