H.E.R., Yolanda Adams, Rico Love among the leaders of Recording Academy's Black Music Collective

Jennifer McClellan, USA TODAY
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The Recording Academy has taken the next step in building the Black Music Collective, a group composed of Black leaders in the music business.

When the collective launched in September, the academy announced Jimmy Jam, Quincy Jones, John Legend, Jeffrey Harleston, Debra Lee and Sylvia Rhone as honorary chairs.

Today, members of the leadership committee were announced. They’ll helm the group that’s intended as a "space for members to speak openly about new and emerging opportunities in Black music across all genres and identify ways to drive more representation," according to the academy.

The Black Music Collective's leadership committee is:

  • Yolanda Adams, artist

  • Brianna Agyemang, executive

  • Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, engineer

  • Tunde Balogun, executive

  • Tuma Basa, executive

  • Aloe Blacc, artist

  • Boi-1da, producer

  • Catherine Brewton, executive

  • Terri Lyne Carrington, musician

  • D-Nice, artist

  • Phylicia Fant, executive

  • H.E.R., artist

  • Om'Mas Keith, producer

  • Rico Love, songwriter

  • Heather Lowery, executive

  • Riggs Morales, executive and BMC chair

  • Steve Pamon, executive

  • Tayla Parx, songwriter

  • Ryan Press, executive

  • Rashid Shabazz, executive

  • Jamila Thomas, executive

  • Dion "No-I.D." Wilson, producer

"Our time is now and I'm so excited to add my voice in whatever way I can to honor those who came before me, those who worked building the foundation in this important work in music," said H.E.R. in a news release.

Previously: Lil Nas X among 2,300 invited to join the Recording Academy's diverse new class of voters

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