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Patti LaBelle, Kirk Franklin and Teddy Riley to be honored at National Museum of African-American Music luncheon this summer


Derek BlanksThe one and only Patti LaBelle will be honored at the National Museum of African-American Music‘s fourth annual Legends Luncheon this summer. 

Gospel star Kirk FranklinTeddy Riley and producer-songwriter David Porter will also be recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the music industry during the special ceremony, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. 

The Legends Luncheon, which is an offshoot of the museum’s “My Music Matters” campaign, celebrates black artists who have made a significant impact on American musical culture.   

Patti is expected to release her first studio album in more than eight years, Bel Hommage [belle oh-MAHJ], on May 5. The record marks the soul/R&B legend’s first foray into jazz.

Kirk, meanwhile, won two Grammy awards this year for Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance/Song for his hit single, “God Provides.”  

Teddy is known for being a member of two highly successful groups: Guy and Blackstreet, while David, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005, wrote a number of hit tracks, including Mariah Carey‘s “Dreamlover” and Will Smith‘s “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.”

Tickets to the event, scheduled for June 1, can be purchased now, at a retail price of $175 each. 

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