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Black Music Month, also known as African-American Music Month, was established in 1979 by then-President Jimmy Carter. The month looks at the achievements and contributions Black musicians have made to American culture.

Today is singer/songwriter Brian McKnight’s 46th birthday so it seems a bit unfair to point out that he shares a dubious distinction in Grammy Awards history. McKnight is one of two popular Black recording artists who share the record for the most nominations without a win.

McKnight and West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg both have  16 Grammy nods apiece without ever taking home the coveted award. Despite three platinum and three gold-selling records and a history of hitmaking, a Grammy win has proven elusive for the Buffalo, New York native.

A former church choir member, McKnight has one of R&B’s most distinctive voices and has maintained his dashing looks over the years. He enjoyed some recent time in the spotlight with a pair of bawdy songs that seemed to contradict his sensitive lover man image, but fans took it as all in good fun and it was revealed that songs were intentional parodies of modern R&B music.

Music runs in the McKnight family.  Brian was inspired to embark upon his own career after his other brother, Claude McKnight III, hit it big with his band, Take 6. Brian was 19 when he signed his first deal, and released his self-titled debut album in 1992.

McKnight’s last album, More Than Words, was released in 2013. He has received other coveted accolades -he’s won an NAACP Image Award in 1999 and a Soul Train Award the following year.

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