After being chosen for this year’s National Recording Registry list by the Library of Congress, Queen Latifah made U.S. government history. The project recognized among the 600 other works and titles on the register is Latifah’s 1989 first album, All Hail the Queen.
A list of the 25 recordings added to the registry each year, which range from songs to important speeches to radio broadcasts, is released by the cultural preservation organization. Latifah was ranked 21st among the 2023 entrants.
The artist’s influence on hip-hop and rap was lauded in the Library of Congress release. Latifah was only 19 years old when she shared the significant work.
Beyond being included in the National Recording Registry, Queen Latifah’s music speaks for itself, and she has received at least seven Grammy nominations. She received one in 1995 for U.N.I.T.Y’s “Best Rap Solo Performance.” – Steve Sijenyi