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HSRA nominated with Sounds of Blackness for 48th Annual NAACP Image Award

Posted December 31, 2015

HSRA and Sounds of Blackness hit song gains national recognition

High School for Recording Arts (HSRA), a St. Paul public charter high school, is pleased to announce that its collaboration with 3-time Grammy Award-winning music group Sounds of Blackness on the hit song ‘Royalty’ has resulted in two 48th Annual  nominations for Best Contemporary Song and Outstanding Group Duo Collaboration.  'Royalty' was made possible by Minnesota Legacy and Heritage Fund in collaboration with KMOJ Radio.  The nominees were announced today in Los Angeles, California.  

Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event hosted by Anthony Anderson, which will broadcast LIVE on TV ONE on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 9pm/8c as a two-hour special. A 90-minute pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 7:30pm/6:30c.

Over 200 HSRA students and staff members sat mesmerized on Tuesday afternoon in an impromptu all-school assembly as HSRA executive director, Tony Simmons, and HSRA school founder, David “T.C.” Ellis, announced the national award nomination to the student body.  “This award is indicative of what every one of you is capable of,” Ellis stated to a jubilant audience.  

“The Image Awards is the premier showcase for art and advocacy reflecting the depth and diversity of the African-American experience. It is an American prism through which we see a breadth of culture d color reflected in film, television, music and literature in ways that reveal our shared humanity. At a moment when America is so divided, the Image Awards represents an hour that brings us together,” stated Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP.

"Royalty" will be competing in the same category with such luminary artists as Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Common and Bruno Mars!  Executive Director Tony Simmons stated to the students how they deserve to be in the same space as those artists since they too are superstars! He also went on to thank our collaborators Sounds of Blackness, Rock the Cause Inc. 501c3 and Professor Mahmoud El-Kati.