Grammys To Salute Music Legends
April 4, 2016 at 6:04 AM (PT)
THE RECORDING ACADEMY will honor its 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients with an awards ceremony and live tribute concert on APRIL 23rd at DOLBY THEATRE in LOS ANGELES. "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" will be produced in partnership with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS as part of PBS' "Great Performances" series, and is set to air later this year. Led by GRAMMY winner DON WAS as musical director, the tribute concert will feature performances by some of the honorees and showcase never-before-seen renditions of their songs by artists they've inspired.
This year's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are RUTH BROWN; CELIA CRUZ; EARTH, WIND & FIRE; HERBIE HANCOCK; JEFFERSON AIRPLANE; LINDA RONSTADT; and RUN DMC. JOHN CAGE, FRED FOSTER and CHRIS STRACHWITZ are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and DR. HARVEY FLETCHER are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients. Also being honored is PHILLIP RIGGS, this year's recipient of the Music Educator Award. Performers will be announced shortly.
"For many years now, we've wanted to honor Special Merit Awards recipients on a larger scale with an event like 'GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends,' so I'm delighted to partner with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS and PBS to bring this worthy celebration to a bigger stage," said THE RECORDING ACADEMY Pres./CEO NEIL PORTNOW. "The contributions of our honorees are innumerable, and we look forward to an unforgettable evening as we pay tribute to their exceptional accomplishments."