All Hail Queen Latifah. The National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress has included the rapper’s 1986 album, “All Hail The Queen,” in this year’s list of notable sound recordings. Latifah is the first female rapper to ever be included.
This distinction is one of many in Latifah’s illustrious career. Throughout it, she has shown her distinct talents. Her acting credits including “The Equalizer,” “Hairspray,” “Chicago,” and the beloved “Living Single” sitcom. She won both a Grammy and a Golden Globe. She was also nominated for an Academy Award. Latifah recently brought down the house at the 2023 Grammys for the show’s 50th anniversary ode to hip-hop. Her National Recording Registry addition is yet another nod to her greatness.
Every year, the National Recording Registry chooses 25 recordings showcasing the diversity and range of American recorded sound heritage. The goal is to define the sound of the country’s history and culture. Currently, there are 600 works or titles on the registry which includes a variety of popular songs, broadcasts, speeches and more. Although this is the first time Latifah has been included on the Registry, this isn’t the first time she has had a hand in history!
Queen Latifah’s Historical Moments
Walk of Fame
Queen Latifah became the first hip-hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2006, the industry recognized Latifah for her groundbreaking work in hip-hop.
“One of the reasons for me to be here is to inspire other young woman, young African American women, young wannabe rappers, or wannabe actors, or wannabe entrepreneurs or full-figured sexy women,” Latifah said during her acceptance speech.
“Black Reign” Album
The rapper also made history with her “Black Reign” album. It was the first album by a solo female rapper to receive a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. “Black Reign” included her hit single “U.N.I.T.Y.”, which raised awareness of violence against women and the sexual objectification of Black women.
Super Bowl Performance
Queen Latifah even made history in the sports world. In 1998 she performed at the Super Bowl XXXII, making her the first rapper to ever perform at the yearly event.
Queen Latifah’s legacy is unmatched, even when it comes to her acting career. Vibe Magazine has noted that the rapper was the first female rapper to cross over into TV & film. Her first big acting gig was “Living Single.” Many in the Black community consider the sitcom to be a classic.
Just when you thought there was nothing more she could do, she does more! Latifah became the first woman in hip-hop to earn an Oscar nomination. In the 2003 film season, she received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Matron “Mama” Morton in “Chicago.”