Jermaine Dupri’s illustrious journey through the music industry has left an indelible mark, and now his contributions are etched in history. The music maestro from Atlanta has achieved a remarkable milestone by being officially inducted into the prestigious Black Music Walk of Fame.

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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 21: Hip-hop artist Jermaine Dupri attends the 2017 A+E Networks Upfront At Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on March 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for A+E)

Dupri expressed his gratitude during the induction ceremony in a heartfelt speech: “I want to thank the city of Atlanta, College Park, Fulton County, and God today. It’s a perfect day for this to happen in the city of Atlanta.” The Black Music Walk of Fame, supported by the Black American Music Association, honors the legends of black music.

This year’s honorees, alongside Dupri, included influential figures such as Lil Wayne, Dallas Austin, Queen Latifah, Magic Johnson, Marvin Sapp, and Mahalia Jackson. The event was a star-studded celebration of black excellence in music and entertainment.

Dupri, not one to contain his excitement, took to Twitter to share his joy, stating, “Man!! I just got inducted into the @blackwalkoffame, and it feels amazing!! A lady on the red carpet asked me, ‘Does this mean Atlanta is the new Hollywood?’ No! This is Atlanta; this is Black music and Black entertainment. #SoSoDef30.” This well-deserved recognition cements Dupri’s legacy and underscores the vital role of black artists in shaping the music industry.