Atlanta’s music luminaries gathered Wednesday evening to honor the 30-year legacy of LaFace Records at YouTube Music’s 2020 Leaders & Legends Ball.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The star-studded event took place at the Atlanta History Center, with a slew of celebrities, including LaFace co-founders Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Antonio “LA” Reid along with Monica, Future, Da Brat, Ludacris, Big Boi, Pebbles, 2 Chainz and more in attendance to pay tribute to the iconic label, which ran from 1989 to 2004.
Edmonds, the legendary songwriter and producer, told those in attendance, “The thing that keeps sticking with me when I Iook across this room and see all the talent—if we had anything to do with inspiring this—to me that’s God’s blessing. When amazing things are happening, you don’t always realize it.”
The crowd enjoyed energetic performances from T.I. and Killer Mike, as well as OutKast’s Big Boi with Sleepy Brown and 2 Chainz.
“[LaFace] wasn’t just a record company. People were proud to say that they worked for LaFace,” Edmonds told the audience. “I feel blessed to have written the songs I wrote, but I’m just as blessed to have known and worked with the people at LaFace and to be a part of this city. There is no place like Atlanta, and I don’t think there ever will be.”
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