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‘GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends’ Adds Tribute Performers

The Recording Academy® has announced additional tribute performers for its 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients, who will be honored with an awards ceremony and live tribute concert on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Past GRAMMY nominee Charlie Wilson will perform at the “GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends” to honor Sly Stone.

Also just confirmed to perform are past GRAMMY nominee Catherine Russell, and five-time GRAMMY winner Dionne Warwick. Russell will perform in honor of Ralph S. Peer, and Warwick will pay tribute to Thom Bell.

Previously announced performers include past GRAMMY nominee Andra Day, who will be honoring Nina Simone; 12-time GRAMMY winner Kirk Franklin, who will pay tribute to Shirley Caesar; six-time GRAMMY winner Randy Newman, who will honor Mo Ostin; and two-time GRAMMY winner Dwight Yoakam, who will salute Jimmie Rodgers.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees also include Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, and the Velvet Underground. Tickets for the event are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

Now in its second year, the “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends™” event will be produced in partnership with THIRTEEN as part of the “Great Performances” series on PBS, set to air later this year.

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‘GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends’ To Be Held July 11, Air On PBS Later This Year

The Recording Academy® will honor its 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients with an awards ceremony and live tribute concert on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at The Beacon Theatre in New York City. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, and the Velvet Underground.

Led by GRAMMY®-winning industry icon Paul Shaffer as musical director, the tribute concert will feature rare performances by honorees and never-seen renditions by those they’ve inspired. Currently scheduled to appear are past GRAMMY® nominee Andra Day, who will be honoring Simone; 12-time GRAMMY winner Kirk Franklin, who will pay tribute to Caesar; six-time GRAMMY winner Randy Newman, who will honor Ostin; and two-time GRAMMY winner Dwight Yoakam, who will salute Rodgers. Additional performers will be announced shortly. Tickets for the event will be on sale via Ticketmaster beginning Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

Additional Special Merit Awards honorees to be celebrated include Thom Bell, Mo Ostin, and Ralph Peer, who are this year’s Trustees Award honorees, and Alan Dower Blumlein, who is the Technical GRAMMY® Award recipient. Also being honored is Keith Hancock, this year’s recipient of the Music Educator Award™.

Now in its second year, the “GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends™” event will be produced in partnership with THIRTEEN as part of the “Great Performances” series on PBS, set to air later this year. Previously held during GRAMMY Week, this is the second year the Recording Academy has celebrated the Special Merit Awards with a stand-alone event and musical tribute. In addition to the tribute concert, special celebrity guests will present recipients their award statues and guests will enjoy never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees’ contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage.

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Sly & The Family Stone ‘Fresh’ Limited Edition Vinyl

Sly & The Family Stone 'Fresh' limited edition red vinyl

Don’t miss this limited vinyl edition of Fresh, available exclusively at Experience Vinyl.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic — the grandmaster of funk — curates this month’s box, sending you his all-time favorite album, Fresh, by Sly & The Family Stone on limited edition translucent red vinyl.

“Sly was the whole package,” Clinton says. “The whole rock n’ roll, pop star package.”