For nearly 30 years, June has officially been recognized as Black Music Month. Former President Jimmy Carter first proclaimed the 30-day celebration in 1979, and President George W. Bush continues to uphold the honor.
Be sure to check back with us throughout the month to find out the impact the likes of Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Donny Hathaway have had on some of your favorite artists of today. Tell us your favorites in a variety of categories ranging from best performer to best R&B group. Listen to our Black Music Month radio station and view our photo gallery.
Below, Rihanna pays homage to Bob Marley, performing his classic "Redemption Song."
Photo Gallery - View more than 100 images of pioneers in Black Music.
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