August 11, 2017
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 artists who have impacted society in a positive way." Anderson was the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.
Mayor Jim Kenney announced Thursday 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 supported 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.