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Charley Pride, Country Music’s First Black Superstar, Honored with Award

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Charley Pride, three-time GRAMMY® winner and Country Music Hall of Fame member, will be recognized for his numerous contributions to American music on November 1, 2019. The Mississippi native is the inaugural recipient of GRAMMY Museum®–Mississippi’s Crossroads of American Music Award.

“We are thrilled to recognize the great Charley Pride as the first-ever recipient of our Crossroads of American Music Award,” said Emily Havens, Executive Director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, in a press release. “As a native of Mississippi, Charley has had a significant impact on American music with his uncompromising honky-tonk country music. Charley broke new ground in the ’60s when he emerged as one of the most successful black Country artists at that time. It’s an honor to recognize Charley Pride as the inaugural recipient of our Crossroads of American Music Award.”

Charley Pride, Country Music's First Black Superstar, Honored with Award

Photo: Charley Pride

The Crossroads of American Music Award honors an artist for significant musical contributions. He will accept the award at the museum’s 2019 gala held November 1 at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.

“I’m honored to be the first recipient of this award from the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi,” said Pride in a release. “And thankful to the many great American music artists before me that helped to pave the way for my success. I applaud the Museum for celebrating those artists and championing the importance of American music.”

Texas Also Claims Charley Pride

Charley Pride, Country Music's First Black Superstar, Honored with Award
Photo: Charley Pride

Texas also has a valid claim on Charley Pride. He and Rozene, his wife of 61 years, have called Dallas home since 1969. Pride also helped save the Texas Rangers baseball club in 2010 as part of an investment group spearheaded by Hall Of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan. They purchased the team in a federal bankruptcy auction just weeks before the Rangers appeared in the World Series for the first time.

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