Judging from the gorgeous golden tresses of artists like Keri Hilson, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce, it’s clear that blonde is the big thing right now. But it’s not a new thing!

Ever since Etta James and Mary Wells took to the stage rocking voluminous platinum wigs, sunny strands have been a huge trend among Black musicians.

In honor of Black Music Month, we take a look back at the history of blondes in music.