Earth, Wind & Fire, JD Souther, Martina McBride, Lila Downs to Perform at the "Grammy Salute to Music Legends"

On Saturday, April 23, the Recording Academy will salute the 2016 Special Merit Award Winners with the Grammy Salutes Music Legends concert.

Being filmed for a PBS Great Performances special, the evening honors this year's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and RUN DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical Grammy Award recipients. Also being honored is Phillip Riggs, this year's recipient of the Music Educator Award.

The first round of performers for the evening were announced on Thursday.

Paying tribute to three-time Grammy winner and four-time Latin Grammy winner Celia Cruz — internationally known as the "Queen Of Salsa" — are Latin Grammy nominee Lucrecia and Grammy and Latin Grammy winner Andy Garcia, who will bring his Cuban musical group, Andy Garcia and The CineSon All Stars, to the stage.

Honorees and six-time Grammy winners Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the most important and innovative musical forces influencing music and popular culture across generations, are set to give what will be a roof-raising performance.

A salute to 10-time Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt will feature pop, country, and Latin musical offerings from Grammy and four-time Latin Grammy winner Lila Downs and Grammy nominees Martina McBride and JD Souther.

Previously held during Grammy Week, this is the first time 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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