2023 NAACP Image Awards: Who is Adam Blackstone? Get to Know the Music Director Behind The Biggest Shows

The multi-instrumentalist is nominated for “Outstanding New Artist.”

Primetime Emmy Award-winner Adam Blackstone is the industry’s secret weapon regarding musical direction. The multi-instrumentalist has worked with some of the most successful artists in the business, including Angie Stone, The Roots, Al Green, and more. As a result, he’s received several recognitions, including two nominations at the 2023 NAACP Image Awards for “Outstanding New Artist” and “Outstanding Jazz Album —Vocal.” In honor of his nomination, get to know the veteran musician better.

  • He earned several accolades

    Blackston has been highly recognized for his talents and contributions to entertainment, including earning a Primetime Emmy in 2022 for Outstanding Music Direction for the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show.

  • He’s worked and performed with the biggest names in the industry

    He’s worked with some of the biggest entertainers in the business, including Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Jill Scott, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Stevie Wonder, and many more.

  • He’s collaborating with Rihanna on her upcoming Super Bowl show

    Grammy Award-winning singer Rihanna will return to live music with her upcoming performance during the Super Bowl 57th Halftime Show on Sunday, February 12, 2023. He also curated Super Bowl 54 Halftime Show alongside singers Shakira and J-Lo.

  • He’s been the music director behind some of the biggest show

    Aside from working with top charting musicians, Blackstone has often been tapped as the musical director behind some of the biggest shows, including the Academy Awards, NBC’s The Voice, the Grammy Awards, and many more.

  • Music runs in his family

    Blackstone was born to a musical family in Trenton, New Jersey. His father is Jazz musician Rod Blackstone who served as the church organist. Blackstone’s mother sang in the choir.

    Watch the NAACP Image Awards live on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at 8:00 pm ET/PT on BET.

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