Charley Pride, Shirley Caesar to perform on GRAMMY PBS special
Recording Academy 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients Shirley Caesar, Charley Pride and the Velvet Underground's John Cale have been added to the lineup for the "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" taping on July 11 at The Beacon Theatre in New York.
Jazz pianist Stanley Cowell and GRAMMY nominee Valerie Simpson have also been added to the performance lineup.
Previously announced performers include GRAMMY winners Dionne Warwick, Dwight Yoakam, Randy Newman, and Kirk Franklin, and GRAMMY nominees Charlie Wilson, Catherine Russell, and Andra Day. GRAMMY winner Paul Shaffer will serve as musical director.
The tribute concert will honor 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, and the Velvet Underground, as well as Trustees Award recipients Thom Bell, Mo Ostin, and Ralph Peer. Also being recognized are Technical GRAMMY Award recipient Alan Dower Blumlein and Music Educator Award honoree Keith Hancock.
In addition to the tribute concert, celebrity guests will present recipients with their award statues and guests will enjoy never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees' contributions to our cultural heritage.
Now in its second year, "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" will be produced in partnership with PBS' "Great Performances" series, and will air on the network later this year.