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Kirk Franklin will accept honors at the National Museum of African-American Music’s (NMAAM) 2017 Legends Luncheon, June 1 in Nashville. Prior to the luncheon, NMAAM will break ground for its permanent residence at Fifth Avenue and Broadway in Nashville on April 18.

NMAAM president/CEO H. Beecher Hicks III shared with Billboard, “The National Museum of African American Music is the story of the American soundtrack; one that fits perfectly into the narrative of Nashville’s Music City brand…We look forward to celebrating the more than 50 genres of music created, influenced or inspired by African Americans.”

Darius Rucker & India.Arie are the National Chairs for NMAAM, who will also honor Patti LaBelle, artist/producer Teddy Riley and songwriter/producer David Porter. This year’s hosts are event co-chairs Catherine Brewton, VP, writer/publisher relations at BMI, and Phil Thornton, senior VP/GM at RCA Inspiration.

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