In collaboration with Great Performances, The Recording Academy® presents “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends™,” a special all-star concert offering a primetime spotlight for The Academy’s 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients. The awards ceremony and tribute concert will feature rare performances by honorees and never-before-seen renditions by those they’ve inspired.
The celebration, recorded at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, will air Friday, Oct. 14th from 9–11:30 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) Previously held during GRAMMY® Week, this is the first time The Recording Academy has celebrated the Special Merit Awards with a stand-alone event and musical tribute.
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™.
The star-studded event features performances by Patti Austin, Ry Cooder, Lila Downs, Earth, Wind & Fire, David Foster, Andy Garcia And The CineSon All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, J’Nai Bridges, Kris Kristofferson, Lucrecia, Shelby Lynne, Magnolia Sisters, Martina McBride, Naughty By Nature, Anthony Parce, and JD Souther. Other presenters include David Crosby, Foster, Jimmy Jam, LL Cool J, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Don Was.
A salute to 10-time GRAMMY winner Linda Ronstadt features pop, country and Latin musical offerings from GRAMMY and four-time Latin GRAMMY winner Lila Downs and GRAMMY nominees Martina McBride and JD Souther.
The full musical program follows (the honorees in bold type; performers in parentheses):
“Faithless Love” (JD Souther)
“Gritenme Piedras Del Campo” (Lila Downs with Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano)
“Blue Bayou” (Martina McBride with JD Souther)
“Me And Bobby McGee” (Kris Kristofferson with Shelby Lynne)
“Oh, Pretty Woman” (Shelby Lynne)
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