The Recording Academy will honor its 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients during "Grammy Salute to Music Legends" on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at The Beacon Theatre in New York City.
For its second year, the tribute concert will feature rare performances by honorees and never-seen renditions by those they've inspired.
Scheduled to appear are past Grammy nominee Andra Day, who will be honoring Nina Simone; 12-time Grammy winner Kirk Franklin, who will pay tribute to Shirley Caesar; six-time Grammy winner Randy Newman, who will honor Mo Ostin; and two-time Grammy winner Dwight Yoakam, who will salute Jimmie Rodgers.
Additional Special Merit Awards honorees to be celebrated include Thom Bell, Mo Ostin, and Ralph Peer, who are this year's Trustees Award honorees, and Alan Dower Blumlein, who is the Technical Grammy Award recipient. Also being honored is Keith Hancock, this year's recipient of the Music Educator Award.