National Museum of African American Music to Honor Charlie Wilson, Nile Rodgers & More


The National Museum African American Music will honor Charlie Wilson, Nile Rodgers, Yolanda Adams, Keb’ Mo’ and Monami Entertainment CEO Mona Scott-Young at its fifth annual Celebration Legends. The honorees will be presented with the museum’s Rhapsody & Rhythm Award on May 31 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.

In a statement announcing the 2018 honorees, NMAAM president/CEO H. Beecher Hicks III said the five “represent the talented, accomplished and decorated musical pioneers that the National Museum African American Music seeks to elevate. Their storied careers have a prominent place in history, and we’re proud to honor with them with this award.” Previous honorees include Warner/Chappell chairman/CEO Jon Platt, Patti LaBelle, production duo Gamble & Huff, Kirk Franklin and Teddy Riley.

The Celebration Legends benefits NMAAM’s various educational and community programs, including its Emerging Artist Series. The Nashville-based museum is set to open in 2019. For ticket information and gala updates, visit