Beaumont R&B legend Barbara Lynn — aka “the Empress of Gulf Coast Soul” — has received a NEA National Heritage Fellowship.

Lynn, who was born in 1942, is a trailblazer. She had a breakout hit in 1962 with “You’ll Lose a Good Thing,” which went to number one on the R&B charts and number eight on the pop charts. An African American young woman fronting a band, as an instrumentalist and not only a singer (Lynn is left-handed guitarist) and as the author of her songs all made Lynn a pioneer. Lynn has had ten singles in the Top 100.

Fellowship recipients will receive a $25,000 award and be honored in Washington, DC at an Sept. 26 awards ceremony and a free concert on Sept. 28. The concert will be streamed live at arts.gov.

Lynn was nominated for the award by Austin aarts presenter and advocate, Sarah Rucker.

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The 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellows are:

 

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