In Memoriam: 2016

In 2016, several music icons passed and it seemed like the deaths would not end until the very end of the year. Icons like Prince and David Bowie who commanded the pop landscape for 40 years were gone suddenly and unexpectedly. Sharon Jones was just beginning to gain more recognition before passing of Cancer after a two-year fight. Many music fans are just happy for 2016 to be over after experiencing so much loss. The sadness from the passing of so many important voices is only assuaged by the fact that each artist has an immortal influence through their work.

David Bowie Pop Innovator

David Bowie Pop Innovator

David Bowie Pop Innovator

Rod Temperton Songwriter Most Remembered for Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

Rod Temperton Songwriter Most Remembered for Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

Rod Temperton Songwriter Most Remembered for Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

David Mancuso DJ and Founder of The Loft dance music parties in New York City.

David Mancuso DJ and Founder of The Loft dance music parties in New York City.

David Mancuso DJ and Founder of The Loft dance music parties in New York City.

Phife Dawg Rapper and Co-Founder of A Tribe Called Quest

Phife Dawg Rapper and Co-Founder of A Tribe Called Quest

Phife Dawg Rapper and Co-Founder of A Tribe Called Quest

Maurice White Singer-songwriter Founder Of Earth, Wind & Fire

Maurice White Singer-songwriter Founder Of Earth, Wind & Fire

Maurice White Singer-songwriter Founder Of Earth, Wind & Fire

Vanity Singer Actress Prince Protégé Leader of Vanity Six

Vanity Singer Actress Prince Protégé Leader of Vanity Six

Vanity Singer Actress Prince Protégé Leader of Vanity Six

Muhammad Ali Boxing Champion Humanitarian

Muhammad Ali Boxing Champion Humanitarian

Muhammad Ali Boxing Champion Humanitarian

George Michael Singer-songwriter Pop Superstar

George Michael Singer-songwriter Pop Superstar

George Michael Singer-songwriter Pop Superstar

Tommy Ford Actor Best Remembered For Playing Tommy On Martin

Tommy Ford Actor Best Remembered For Playing Tommy On Martin

Tommy Ford Actor Best Remembered For Playing Tommy On Martin

Bill Nunn Actor Best Remembered For Playing Radio Raheem In "Do The Right Thing"

Bill Nunn Actor Best Remembered For Playing Radio Raheem In "Do The Right Thing"

Bill Nunn Actor Best Remembered For Playing Radio Raheem In "Do The Right Thing"

Nicholas Caldwell Singer and Co-founder of The Whispers

Nicholas Caldwell Singer and Co-founder of The Whispers

Nicholas Caldwell Singer and Co-founder of The Whispers

Clarence "Blowfly" Reid Songwriter Rap Pioneer

Clarence "Blowfly" Reid Songwriter Rap Pioneer

Clarence "Blowfly" Reid Songwriter Rap Pioneer

Billy Paul Philly Soul Singer

Billy Paul Philly Soul Singer

Billy Paul Philly Soul Singer

Gwen Ifill Award-winning Journalist

Gwen Ifill Award-winning Journalist

Gwen Ifill Award-winning Journalist

Prince Singer-songwriter Musician Icon

Prince Singer-songwriter Musician Icon

Prince Singer-songwriter Musician Icon

Bernie Worrell Keyboardist for Parliament-Funkadelic P-Funk Architect

Bernie Worrell Keyboardist for Parliament-Funkadelic P-Funk Architect

Bernie Worrell Keyboardist for Parliament-Funkadelic P-Funk Architect

Sharon Jones Singer Leader Of The Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones Singer Leader Of The Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones Singer Leader Of The Dap-Kings

Afeni Shakur Activist And Mother Of Tupac Shakur

Afeni Shakur Activist And Mother Of Tupac Shakur

Afeni Shakur Activist And Mother Of Tupac Shakur

Prince Be Rapper And Member Of PM Dawn

Prince Be Rapper And Member Of PM Dawn

Prince Be Rapper And Member Of PM Dawn

Kashif R&B Innovator

Kashif R&B Innovator

Kashif R&B Innovator

Colonel Abrams House Music Icon

Colonel Abrams House Music Icon

Colonel Abrams House Music Icon

Lee Andrews Doo-wop Singer Father Of Questlove And Donn T

Lee Andrews Doo-wop Singer Father Of Questlove And Donn T

Lee Andrews Doo-wop Singer Father Of Questlove And Donn T

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