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Chaka Khan and Lionel Richie were among the music industry icons honored with the Rhapsody & Rhythm Award at this year’s Celebration of Legends Benefit Concert in Nashville.
Quincy Jones and Smokey Robinson also received the honor from the National Museum of African American Music.
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The award recognizes artists’ contributions to music, which have spanned several decades.
“This award is not just for me, but for many women who came before me,” Khan said, accepting his award from Bobby Brown. “Some were my contemporaries, some were not, from Billie Holiday to Whitney Houston. This award is for them, my sisters on this planet and in this field. “
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She continued, “I’ve had a beautiful career so far and I’m not done yet.”
Richie also shared some heartfelt words in his prerecorded speech.
“This award is sincere confirmation that when I have children who come up to me and say, ‘I want to be like you,’ that’s when I thought I did the right thing,” he said.
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The benefit concert featured live and virtual tribute performances, including a musical tribute to Quincy Jones. Check out the performance in the video above.