Gladys Knight To Be Given Ella Award
April 18, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
GLADYS KNIGHT will receive the 16th annual ELLA Award from the SOCIETY OF SINGERS. The honor, named after its first recipient, jazz legend ELLA FITZGERALD, salutes entertainers for their musical successes and dedication to charitable and humanitarian causes.
"It is a truly awesome feeling to be receiving this honor," KNIGHT said. "ELLA was the sweetest and most beautiful person as a talent and as a human being." KNIGHT will receive the award SEPTEMBER 10. Past winners include ELTON JOHN, FRANK SINATRA and CELINE DION.
"GLADYS KNIGHT has one of the greatest and most distinctive voices of our time," said SOCIETY OF SINGERS Pres./CEO JERRY F. SHARELL. KNIGHT, 62, has won seven GRAMMYS in her career, with hits including "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)."