Premieres Friday, October 5 at 9 PM ET on PBS
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In collaboration with the Recording Academy™, Great Performances presents "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends 2018®," the third annual all-star concert offering a primetime spotlight for the Recording Academy’s 2018 Special Merit Awards recipients. The celebration and tribute concert feature rare performances by honorees and never-before-seen renditions of their classic songs by those they've inspired. The event was recorded in July at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Neil Diamond, Hal Blaine, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, the Meters, Queen and Tina Turner. Additional Special Merit Awards honorees celebrated include concert promoter Bill Graham, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, and five-time Academy Award-winning film score composer John Williams, who are this year’s Trustees Award honorees; Tony Agnello and Richard Factor are the Technical GRAMMY Award recipients. Melissa Salguero is this year’s recipient of the Music Educator Award™.
Presenters for the evening include LA Philharmonic Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and GRAMMY winning Henry Rollins. Additional performers include R&B, Soul, Gospel and Jazz singer Sheléa, the Los AngelesPhilharmonic Quartet, virtuoso violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, film score composer David Newman and TheAmerican Youth Symphony.
Song List (honorees in bold type; performers in parentheses):
“Holly Holy” (performed by Yolanda Adams)
“I’m a Believer” (performed by Micky Dolenz and Neil Diamond)
“Sweet Caroline” (performed by Neil Diamond)
“Boulder to Birmingham” (performed by Emmylou Harris)
“Love and Happiness” (performed by Emmylou Harris and Trisha Yearwood)
“A Taste of Honey” (performed by Herb Alpert)
Medley: “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie / Let The Good Times Roll” (performed by Ledisi)
Medley: “What’s Love Got to Do with It / Proud Mary / The Best” (performed by Sheléa)
“Theme from Schindler’s List” (performed by Anne Akiko Meyers, David Newman and The American Youth Symphony)
“Air and Simple Gifts” (performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic Quartet)
“Cissy Strut/Fire on the Bayou” (performed by The Meters)
Bill Graham and Queen
“Right Now” and “We Will Rock You” (performed by Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony)