Friday, April 12, 2024

Grammy Special Merit Show Set for October 16th, PBS: Sam Moore, Cyndi Lauper, Philip Bailey, John Legend Among Performers


The Grammys have set October 16th for their PBS show saluting this year’s Lifetime Achievement winners with Special Merit Awards.

The winners this year were Chicago, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Iggy Pop, John Prine, Public Enemy, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. There are also trustee awards for famed composer Philip Glass, former Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich, and Frank Walker.  George Augspurger was recognized with the Technical GRAMMY® Award. Mickey Smith Jr. will also accept the Music Educator Award™ as this year’s recipient.

The show on PBS is exceptional. The great record producer and racounteur Jimmy Jim Harris is hosting. R&B legend Sam Moore is singing his Sam & Dave hits all written by Isaac Hayes. Other performers include Laurie Anderson, Philip Bailey, Brandi Carlile, Cynthia Erivo, Chris Isaak, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Cyndi Lauper, Leslie Odom, Jr., and Yola. Presenters include Rhiannon Giddens, Joe Mantegna, John Legend, LL COOL J, Greg Phillinganes, Henry Rollins, and Don Was.

Greg Phillinganes is the music director extraordinaire. (If it weren’t for Greg, Rickey Minor, and Narada Michael Walden, we would really be nowhere up a river in a canoe without paddles, kids.)

Last year’s show was held in the Dolby Theater in Hollywood with many honorees performing along with their pals. Remember how Garth Brooks flew in to honor Sam Moore? This year, with the pandemic, the show was pre-taped. But I know for a fact that the producers spent a lot of time to make into something memorable. BTW, watch out for Yola. She sang at this year’s MusiCares back in January. She’s about to break out star-wise.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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