Deborah Cox is set to make history as the first Black woman to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Vibe reports.
Cox is an accomplished artist with a career spanning nearly three decades. She has had six Top 20 Billboard R&B singles and 13 No.1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play Chart. Over the years Cox has also been a dedicated advocate for social justice issues, including LGBTQI+ rights, HIV/AIDS initiatives and human rights issues. More recently, the singer has pivoted to the film screen, starring in BET’s First Wives Club and HBO Max’s Station Eleven.
Now Cox will make history as the first Black woman to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, courtesy of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). CARAS President Allan Reid, spoke about the significance of the honor saying, “Deborah is a multi-dimensional artist who has been entertaining and captivating audiences around the world for over 25 years. Her resounding voice and powerful performances have made her an international icon. We are so privileged to celebrate her talent.”
The Toronto native said she is grateful to receive such a prestigious honor and hopes she can inspire young people to stay steadfast to their dreams.
“I feel incredibly grateful to experience this true milestone moment…As the first Black woman to become an inductee, I am honored to have the chance to show our younger generations that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to with hard work, dedication, and passion. I hope that my music can continue to bring peace, happiness, and comfort to anyone who might need it, and empower people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves,” she said via statement.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place at the 51st Annual JUNO Awards, Sunday, May 15, 2022, Broadcast Live in Canada at 8 p.m. ET.