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28 Great Music Moments in Black History

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In 2013, many black musicians enjoy household-name success. But before Rihanna topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the 12th time, one “supreme” Motown group had already been there and done that. Before Beyonce sang the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ at the Presidential Inauguration, an opera singer from Norfolk, Va., became the first African-American to perform the national anthem at the event.

And before Kendrick Lamar could spit about the social ills of Compton, Calif., one rap group recorded ‘The Message,’ a song that popularized the idea of laying tales of struggle on wax. These legendary musicians and others have paved the way for black artists ruling the industry today.

In honor of Black History Month, will be sharing 28 great music moments in black history — one highlight for each day in February. Get ready to sharpen your music knowledge.

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