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African-American Performing Artists Edited

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One of the first African-American conductors on the world stage. He was the Director Emeritus of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Julliard School and Laureate Music Director of the Oregon Symphony
An American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. The group became one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time.
The world’s first African-American mariachi singer.
He has been awarded nine Grammys in both jazz and classical music and his “Blood on the Fields” was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
He was an American vocalist and jazz pianist. He was the first African-American man to host an American television series.
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An American composer, pianist, and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years
Known as “Trane,” was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.
An American composer and arranger of choral music. He was best known for his settings of African-American spirituals.
Achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Think". These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.
An American singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he became one of the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century.