Dionne Warwick to be honored with Marian Anderson Award
PHILADELPHIA – Dionne Warwick will be honored with an award named for a pioneering opera singer. The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to “critically acclaimed ar tists who have impacted society in a positive way.” Anderson was the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. Mayor Jim Kenney announced last Thurs- day that the five-time Grammy winner will receive the award at a Nov. 14 ceremony.
Warwick has had 18 consecutive top 100 singles and 20 best-selling albums, featuring her blend of pop, gospel and R&B.
She has suppor ted many philanthropic campaigns, including those battling AIDS and world hunger. She’s also a champion of music education.
Previous winners include singer Patti LaBelle, music producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and jazz great Wynton Marsalis.