This year’s Recording Academy Global Impact Awards went to Grammy-award winning artists Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz.
The Recording Academy Global Impact Award recognizes Black music creators whose dedication to the art form has greatly influenced the industry and whose legacy of service inspires countless individuals worldwide, celebrating those who, through leadership and passion, empower others to embrace their authentic selves and contribute to positive change.
The third annual Recording Academy Honors took place just days before the 2024 Grammy Awards.
“It was an honor to celebrate the incomparable careers of Mariah and Lenny as this year’s class of Recording Academy Global Impact Award Honorees,” says Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. “This extraordinary group of icons has not only entertained millions around the world but has also paved the way for future generations of artists to push the boundaries of creative expression.”
The event included performances by Yolanda Adams, Babyface, Busta Rhymes, Erica Campbell, George Clinton, Davido, Andra Day, Manny Fresh, Tori Kelly, Quavo, Gabby Simone, Chad Smith, Andrew Watt, Verdine White and Stevie Wonder, with appearances by H.E.R and Black Music Collective Chair Rico Love.
Ryan Butler, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at the Recording Academy and staff advisor of the Black Music Collective, says Black music “transcends boundaries, resonating in every corner of the globe and enriching diverse cultures worldwide. The Recording Academy Honors has fostered a new tradition, creating space for us to honor and applaud Black music icons for their many achievements and embrace the unique beauty of our shared musical journey.”