Screenshot courtesy of National Graphics | Charley Pride, the first Black artist to have a number one country record, achieved immense success in the genre during the 1960s and 1970s, despite facing prejudice and racial discrimination. PHOTOGRAPH BY BETTMANN, GETTY IMAGES

How Black artists helped make country music what it is today

Artists like Beyonce and Lil Nas X are drawing mainstream attention to a tradition that is alive and well—thanks to the contributions and innovations of generations of Black musicians.

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