The 4th annual GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends in collaboration with PBS‘ “Great Performances” series is set to air on Oct. 18 on PBS. The all-star concert will honor the Academy’s 2019 Special Merit Awards recipients, including Black Sabbath, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, and Dionne Warwick.
Led by GRAMMY-nominated industry icon Greg Phillinganes as musical director and hosted by past GRAMMY nominee Sheila E, the celebration and tribute concert features rare performances by honorees and never-before-seen renditions of their classic songs by those they’ve inspired.
The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement recognizes musical artists that have made significant contributions to the recording field. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Black Sabbath, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, and Dionne Warwick. The Trustees Award honors areas outside of performance. Lou Adler, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, and Johnny Mandelare Trustees Award honorees. The Technical GRAMMY Award recognizes people and companies who have made outstanding contributions of technical significance to the recording field. Saul Walker is this year’s Technical GRAMMY Award recipient
Also being honored is Jeffery Redding, this year’s recipient of the Music Educator Award, which is presented by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum.
Performance List (honoree in bold)
“Walk On By” (performed by Johnny Mathis)
“What The World Needs Now” (performed by Dionne Warwick)
Sam & Dave
Medley: “Hold On, I’m Comin'”/”Soul Man” (performed by Sam Moore and Garth Brooks)
“I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down” (performed by Sam Moore)
“I Feel The Earth Move”/”It’s Too Late” (performed by Jessie Mueller)
“Caruso” (performed by Julio Iglesias)
Ashford & Simpson
Medley: “You’re All I Need To Get By”/”Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (performed by Valerie Simpson and Kenny Lattimore)
“How Do You Keep The Music Playing” (performed by Patti Austin and Greg Phillinganes)
Medley: “The Shadow Of Your Smile”/”Suicide Is Painless” (performed by Patti Austin)
Medley: “War Pigs”/”Paranoid” (performed by Rival Sons)
“A Song For You” (performed by Lalah Hathaway)
“Where Is The Love” (performed by Lalah Hathaway and Kenya Hathaway)
“Everything I Have Is Yours” (performed by Gregory Porter)
“Dedicated To You” (performed by Gregory Porter and Patti Austin)
George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic
Medley: “One Nation Under A Groove”/”Mothership Connection”/”Flash Light” (performed by George Clinton, William “Bootsy” Collins, Sativa, Eddie M, Sheila E., and Snoop Dogg)
The concert will air at 9 p.m. on Oct. 18 (check your local listings) and will be available via pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app.