The GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month. Over the coming weeks we will honor the contributions and musical legacies of New Jersey women who’ve influenced generations of artists and helped shape our musical landscape. To hear some of their incredible music check out our NJ Legends Women’s History Month Spotify playlist!

Gloria Gaynor

We celebreate the musical legacy of Newark’s own, Gloria Gaynor! Dubbed by many “The Disco Queen” she won a GRAMMY in 1980 for her anthem, “I Will Survive” and forty years later won another GRAMMY for Best Roots Gospel album.

Debbie Harry

We celebrate the musical legacy of Hawthorne, NJ native, Debbie Harry. Best known as the co founder and lead singer of the band, Blondie. The band were pioneers in the American punk and new wave scene of the mid-1970s in New York. Noted for their eclectic mix of musical styles, incorporating elements of disco, pop, reggae, and early rap music, the band was inducted into the Rock and Rall Hall of Fame in 2006. Check out our exclusive NJ Legends Women’s History Month Spotify playlist for more Blondie and other iconic artists.

Whitney Houston

We Celebrate the musical legacy of Newark’s own, Whitney Houston. Considered the greatest voice of her generation, she was certified as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, with sales of over 200 million records worldwide. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. Check out our exclusive NJ Legends Women’s History Month Spotify playlist for more Whitney and other iconic artists.

Patti Smith

We celebrate the musical legacy of Deptford Township native, Patti Smith. Dubbed the “punk poet laureate,” she became an influential component of the New York City punk movement in the 1970’s. In 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check out our exclusive NJ Legends Women’s History Month Spotify playlist for more Patti and other iconic artists.

Ms. Lauryn Hill

We celebrate the musical legacy of South Orange, NJ native, Ms. Lauryn Hill. Often regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time, as well as being one of the most influential singers of her generation. She is widely credited for breaking barriers for female rappers, popularizing melodic rapping and for bringing Hip hop and Neo soul to popular music. Her 1998 masterpiece, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” is one of the greatest selling albums of all time.

Queen Latifah

We celebrate the musical legacy of Newark’s own, Queen Latifah. The singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, and producer has been described as a “feminist” rapper. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 and her work in music, film and television has earned her a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, an Academy Award nomination and sales of over two million records.

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