On December 4, 2020, the documentary Billie was released in theatres and on streaming platforms. Written and directed by James Erskine, the film is based around interviews recorded on audio cassettes through the 1970s by Linda Lipnack Kuehl. The interviews feature the first-hand recollections of Lady Day’s friends, family members, band members, peers and associates. Watch at home here.
Two-time Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson presents the plaque as Lady Day joins other legends including Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown and Louis Armstrong.
– Kanye West samples Nina Simone’s version of “Strange Fruit”
– “Strange Fruit” honored by the Library of Congress as one of the 50 songs that year to be added to the National Recording Registry
– Billie Holiday is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fifteenth annual induction dinner. Diana Ross is her presenter.