“Great Performances: GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends 2018®” Honors Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, John Williams, The Meters, Queen, Tina Turner and More

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01 October 2018
GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends
Photo: Courtesy of Joe Melendez
“Great Performances: GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends 2018®”
Premieres Friday, October 5 at 9 PM ET on PBS
(Check your local listings)
         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™.

Grammy Salute to Music Legends
Photo: Courtesy of Joe Melendez
                Led by four-time GRAMMY-winning Gospel great Yolanda Adams as master of ceremonies with GRAMMY®-nominated industry icon Greg Phillinganes as musical director, the tribute concert features performances by past GRAMMY nominee Micky Dolenz  alongside Diamond; eight-time GRAMMY winner Herb Alpert honoring legendary session drummer Hal Blaine; GRAMMY winner Sammy Hagar paying tribute to Graham and Queen; past GRAMMY nominee Ledisi saluting Jordan; and three-time GRAMMY winner Trisha Yearwood performing with Harris.
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.

GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends
Photo: Courtesy of Joe Melendez

        Song List (honorees in bold type; performers in parentheses):
Neil Diamond
“Holly Holy” (performed by Yolanda Adams)
“I’m a Believer” (performed by Micky Dolenz and Neil Diamond)
“Sweet Caroline” (performed by Neil Diamond)
Emmylou Harris
“Boulder to Birmingham” (performed by Emmylou Harris)
“Love and Happiness” (performed by Emmylou Harris and Trisha Yearwood)
Hal Blaine
“A Taste of Honey” (performed by Herb Alpert)
Louis Jordan
Medley: “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie / Let The Good Times Roll” (performed by Ledisi)
Tina Turner
Medley: “What’s Love Got to Do with It / Proud Mary / The Best” (performed by Sheléa)
John Williams
“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)
The Meters
“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)
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