queen latifah Makes US government history after Library of Congress chooses her Music of the Year National Recording Registry List. Latifah’s 1989 debut album, Hail the queen The project is among the 600 works and titles included on the registry.
Every year the Cultural Preservation Unit shares a list of 25 recordings to be included in the registry—from songs to important speeches and even radio broadcasts. Latifah ranked 21st among those inducted in 2023.
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The announcement from the Library of Congress praised the artist’s influence on hip-hop and rap. It read in part:
Queen Latifah’s debut album released Hail the queen Consolidating the success of her previous singles, declaring in 1989 that rap could be female, Afrocentric, and included a fusion of musical styles. Those genres include reggae, as well as hip-hop, house, and jazz, as she raps in the song. come to my house In addition, Queen Latifah also sang and rapped on the album. Lyrically, the album addresses race, gender, political and social issues that were contemporary and yet universal.
The statement also revealed that Latifah was born Dana Ellen OwensWas only 19 when she shared the impressive project.
Furthermore, the statement confirmed that Queen Latifah was not the first female rapper, she also did ground-breaking work through collaborations including Moni Love On ladies First.
“the success of hail the queen LOC said, “Queen Latifah’s success in other areas of the industry was both a product of and led to it.”
The music speaks for itself—beyond landing on the National Recording Registry—Queen Latifah has also garnered at least seven Grammy nominations. He won one in 1995 for ‘Best Rap Solo Performance’ Unity
But those other successful avenues include acting, where Latifah has won several prestigious awards, including an Emmy Award, multiple Screen Actors Guild Awards, and several NAACP Image Awards.
Among them are dozens of nominations in the mentioned categories and many more like BAFTA Awards and Academy Awards.
In recent years we have seen the creator receive his flowers for the shattered roofs in his professional life. And yes, that includes music, acting and producing!
In 2019, Howard University honored him with the WEB DuBois Medal for his contributions to black history and culture.
Then, in 2021, she accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards — with a tribute performance starring Lil’ Kim, Moni Love, MC Lyte and Rhapsody.
All 25 recordings were added to the National Recording Registry on 12 April. Other notable entries in black music included Koko Taylor’s 1966 hit. wang dong doodle, Wynton Marsalis’ 1985 black code, and Mariah Carey All I want for Christmas is you.
Daddy Yankee’s popular 2004 single, gasolinealso made the cut, coming in at number 24.