R&B/Soul

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  • Mereba

    GRAMMY Award-nominated singer, songwriter, and producer Marian Mereba, known as Mereba, got her start with a series of folk-soul hybrid releases, including her self-released EP Room for Living, an alternately spacy and rustic set accompanied by her own guitar playing and production. In 2018, Mere...

  • Kool & the Gang

    This year, we lost Ronald “Khalis” Bell, who was a co-founding member of the classic R&B group Kool & The Gang. The GRAMMY Museum welcomed Kool & the Gang to the Museum's Clive Davis Theater on June 7, 2019 for a special program celebrating their 50th anniversary. Kool & the Gang, which officiall...

  • Bill Withers

    During his more-than-four-decade long career, Bill Withers penned some of the most memorable songs of all time, including Lean on Me, Ain't No Sunshine, Use Me, Just the Two of Us, Lovely Day, and in the process became an authentic American musical icon. On November 17, 2011, Songwriters Hall of ...

  • Asiahn

    Jersey-born, Carolina-raised multi-hyphenate Asiahn—pronounced “Ahh-zee-yahn”—says it’s about what we do with the time between heartbreak and new love that matters most. Living life and reconnecting with herself led Asiahn to create her new EP, The Interlude, her third body of work—a project that...

  • Joy Denalane

    Joy Denalane’s talent, emotional honesty, the culturally complex story of her life, and natural beauty make her an incredibly versatile artist. The daughter of a South African father and a German mother, Joy was born in Berlin. Her access to African music and rhythms, as well as her love of Ameri...

  • Mavis Staples

    As part of the new “Live From the Vault” series in partnership with Iron Moutain Entertainment Services (IMES), the GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to present never-before-released archived footage from Mavis Staples’ iconic 2010 program at the GRAMMY Museum.

    A soul and gospel legend, Mavis Staples ...

  • Leon Bridges

    On September 10, 2018, the GRAMMY Museum welcomed R&B recording artist and songwriter Leon Bridges to the Museum for an intimate conversation. In 2015, Bridges’ first album, Coming Home, surprised the music industry by debuting at Number 5 on the Billboard Top 200. In a span of just three years, ...

  • Claudette Robinson

    On May 13, 2016, in conjunction with the opening of the GRAMMY Museum's exhibit, Legends of Motown: Celebrating The Miracles, the GRAMMY Museum welcomed the "First Lady of Motown" Claudette Robinson and fellow founding member of The Miracles, Warren "Pete" Moore, to the Clive Davis Theater for an...

  • Queen Naija

    With the recent arrival of her debut album missunderstood, Atlanta-based singer/songwriter Queen Naija has cemented her status as one of R&B’s most compelling young stars. Hailed as “the first soul star of the social media generation” by The New York Times, the 25-year-old Detroit native has amas...

  • Gregory Porter

    Though Gregory Porter had an acclaimed role in the original 1999 Broadway cast of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues — and staged his own Nat King Cole & Me musical in 2004 — it was inevitable that he'd became known for his songs. That was made abundantly clear when both of Porter's indie albums — 20...

  • Thelma Houston

    On January 17, 2019, the GRAMMY Museum welcomed GRAMMY-winning R&B artist Thelma Houston to the Museum’s Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation. Perhaps best known for her number one international hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” Thelma Houston shares her inspirational journey that chroni...

  • Morris Day & David Ritz

    On December 9, 2019, the GRAMMY Museum welcomed multi-platinum recording artist, musician, composer, arranger, and singer Morris Day and his co-author—GRAMMY-winning musician, co-composer of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing, and renowned music biographical author, David Ritz—for a discussion on the ...

  • Billy Porter

    The GRAMMY Museum was thrilled to welcome Tony- and GRAMMY-winning singer, composer, actor, playwright, and director Billy Porter May 15, 2017 for a conversation discussing his storied career, followed by a performance. As a recording artist, Porter's solo albums include his 1997 debut, Untitled ...

  • Kiana Ledé

    Earlier this year, platinum-selling Phoenix-born and Los Angeles-based artist Kiana Ledé released her debut album Kiki. Just who is Kiana Ledé? On the one hand, you know her as a fierce and fiery force in R&B responsible for bangers such as the platinum-certified “EX,” “Mad At Me” and “Chocolate”...

  • Estelle

    To celebrate the release of her album Lovers Rock, the GRAMMY Museum welcomed multiplatinum GRAMMY Award-winning UK singer, songwriter, actress, and humanitarian Estelle for an intimate conversation and performance on December 3, 2018. Lovers Rock is one of Estelle’s most personal albums, as it i...

  • Andra Day

    With a vintage flair and voice for the ages, Andra Day has perfected her "retro-pop-soul" sound. Day visited the GRAMMY Museum in 2015 to celebrate and discuss her debut album, Cheers To The Fall, a candid 13-song tale about "truth, fearlessness, vulnerability, forgiveness and love." Her allurin...