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Clarence Avant: Home

Clarence Avant was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021. Induction category: Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Clarence Avant

Clarence Avant Billboard coverThe Godfather of Black Music.

"Clarence Avant is someone who makes the impossible possible...He has spent a lifetime helping artists understand - and earn - their true value." More on 






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Influence & Legacy

Clarence Avant was influenced by...

  • Joe Glaser
  • Nat "King" Cole
  • Quincy Jones

Clarence Avant inspired people like...

  • Berry Gordy
  • Don Cornelius
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs
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