The state of black music remains robust and continues to grow stronger. Its reach is larger than ever, spanning platforms, countries and genres.
· After overtaking rock as the most-played music last year, hip hop’s dominance has only gotten larger. Eight of the 10 most-streamed artists last year were rappers.
· Black artists were leaders in mixing genres and defying category. Lil Nas X became the most-streamed artist in a single week after a collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus, and Cardi B’s “I Like It” topped the charts and was nominated for Record of the Year.
· The past year has also been tough for those we’ve lost – Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, James Ingram, Roy Hargrove and Nipsey Hussle, among others – artists whose legacies touch the last 60 years of popular music and will continue to reverberate.
It was a year for pushing boundaries, finding new audiences and innovation.