The virtual ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Just steps away from the historic Ryman Auditorium, the just-opened National Museum Of African American Music is located on the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue.
“What an important moment this is, not only for Music City, as this is a part of a completion of making this Music City,” Nashville Governor Bill Lee shared. “But it’s important to our state, and I believe it’s important to our nation. People from across the country and certainly across the world will come here to recognize the role, the important role that African American music has played in the history of our nation and certainly in the history of Tennessee.”
You can watch Brown’s performance of “Stand By Me” at the 33:59 mark below.
Brown previously performed the Ben E. King cover during the CMT Celebrates Our Heroes special in early June 2020.
“Stand By Me” was co-written King alongside Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and appears on the 1986 film soundtrack, Stand by Me. The song was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2015 for its impact on modern society.
Willie Jones also gave the debut live performance of his new song “American Dream” during the event.