Check out the list of prominent Black musicians

Blacks have revolutionized the music industry with their extraordinary blend of jazz, soul, rock, gospel, and R&B genres. During the 1980’s, people were fascinated with Prince’s music, which included elements of rock, jazz and blues. His music won seven Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. Louis Armstrong, one of the prominent musicians known for jazz is a trumpeter. He was one of those persons, who was socially accepted by whites during the racism period. Whitney Houston, another musician from 1980’s has her name printed in the Guinness book of world records as the most-awarded female artist of all time in 2006. Other black musicians including Aretha Franklin, Nat King Cole, James Brown, Francis Johnson, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Tina Turner have showcased to the world their innate talent.
Kanye WestKanye West
(Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer)

08 June 1977

American

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
(Singer)

29 August 1958

American

Bob MarleyBob Marley
(Singer)

06 February 1945

Jamaican

The Notorious BThe Notorious B.I.G.
(Rapper)

21 May 1972

American

Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston
(Singer)

09 August 1963

American

Janet JacksonJanet Jackson
(Singer-Songwriter)

16 May 1966

American

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
(Singer & Musician)

27 November 1942

American

Tina TurnerTina Turner

26 November 1939

American

Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
(Singer, Musician)

02 April 1939

American

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
(Musician)

13 May 1950

American

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson
(Musician, Songwriter)

08 May 1911

American

Nina SimoneNina Simone
(Singer-songwriter, Composer)

21 February 1933

American

Ray CharlesRay Charles
(Singer and Composer)

23 September 1930

American

James BrownJames Brown
(Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer, bandleader)

03 May 1933

American

Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong
(Musician)

04 August 1901

American

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin

25 March 1942

American

Darius RuckerDarius Rucker
(Singer, Guitarist)

13 May 1966

American

Sam CookeSam Cooke
(Singer and Songwriter)

22 January 1931

American

Little RichardLittle Richard

05 December 1932

American

Fats DominoFats Domino
(Pianist, Rock & Roll Musician)

26 February 1928

American

Chuck BerryChuck Berry
(Guitarist)

18 October 1926

American

Otis ReddingOtis Redding
(Singer)

09 September 1941

American

Nat King ColeNat King Cole
(Vocalist, Pianist)

17 March 1919

American

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
(Jazz saxophonist and composer)

23 September 1926

American

Etta JamesEtta James
(Singer)

25 January 1938

American

Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington
(Composer, Pianist and Bandleader)

29 April 1899

American

Muddy WatersMuddy Waters
(Musician)

04 April 1913

American

Lena HorneLena Horne
(Singer)

30 June 1917

American

Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker
(Jazz saxophonist, composer)

29 August 1920

American

Curtis MayfieldCurtis Mayfield
(Singer, Guitarist)

03 June 1942

American

Cab CallowayCab Calloway
(Singer)

25 December 1907

American

Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk
(Jazz Pianist & Composer)

10 October 1917

American

PrincePrince
(Singer)

07 June 1958

American

Scott JoplinScott Joplin
(Composer and Pianist)

24 November 1868

American

Bessie SmithBessie Smith
(Singer)

15 April 1894

American

Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie
(Bandleader)

21 October 1917

American

Charles MingusCharles Mingus
(Jazz Musician)

22 April 1922

American

Mahalia JacksonMahalia Jackson
(Singer, Television Personality)

26 December 1911

American

SealSeal
(Singer-songwriter)

19 February 1963

British

Kevin OlusolaKevin Olusola
(Beatboxer)

05 October 1988

American

Marian AndersonMarian Anderson
(Singer)

27 February 1897

American

WaleWale
(Rapper)

21 September 1984

American

Fatboy SSEFatboy SSE
(Rapper)

16 November 1993

American

NBA 3ThreeNBA 3Three
(Rapper)

08 April 1998

American

Kodie ShaneKodie Shane
(Singer)

28 October 1998

American

Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte
(Singer, Actor, Stage actor)

01 March 1927

American

Charley PrideCharley Pride
Gil Scott-HeronGil Scott-Heron
(Singer, Writer, Composer, Poet, Pianist)

01 April 1949

American

Jackie WilsonJackie Wilson
(Singer)

09 June 1934

American

Bo DiddleyBo Diddley
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer)

30 December 1928

American

Jimmy CliffJimmy Cliff
(Singer, Actor, Music artist, Artist, Musician)

01 April 1948

Jamaican

Sarah VaughanSarah Vaughan
(Singer, Jazz musician, Pianist)

27 March 1924

American

Dinah WashingtonDinah Washington
(Singer, Jazz musician)

29 August 1924

American

Jelly Roll MortonJelly Roll Morton
(Pianist, Bandleader, Composer, Conductor, Jazz musician)

20 October 1890

American

Ma RaineyMa Rainey
(Street artist, Musician)

26 April 1886

American

Louis JordanLouis Jordan
(Singer, Actor, Saxophonist, Jazz musician)

08 July 1908

American

Elmore JamesElmore James
(Guitarist)

27 January 1918

American

Charley PattonCharley Patton
(Guitarist, Singer)

W.C. HandyW.C. Handy
(Songwriter)

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