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Great Performances: GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends 2018® Honors Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, John Williams, Louis Jordan, Queen, Tina Turner and More

By: Judy Shields

Premieres Friday, October 5 on PBS


Streams Saturday, October 6 on and PBS apps

Features performances by honorees along with Yolanda Adams, Micky Dolenz, Trisha Yearwood, Herb Alpert, Ledisi, and Sammy Hagar, joined by presenters Gustavo Dudamel and Henry Rollins


Don’t forgot to set your DVR for PBS Great Performances, if you will not be home tomorrow night, to watch this amazing presentation of music history. Get the whole family together to watch the great performances.

In collaboration with the Recording Academy™, Great Performances presents GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends 2018®, the third annual all-star concert offering a primetime spotlight for the Recording Academy’s 2018 Special Merit Awards recipients. The celebration and tribute concert feature rare performances by honorees and never-before-seen renditions of their classic songs by those they’ve inspired. Recorded in July at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, the event premieres nationwide Friday, October 5 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and will be available to stream the following day via and PBS apps.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Neil Diamond, Hal Blaine, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, the Meters, Queen and Tina Turner. Additional Special Merit Awards honorees celebrated include concert promoter Bill Graham, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, and five-time Academy Award-winning film score composer John Williams, who are this year’s Trustees Award honorees; Tony Agnello and Richard Factor are the Technical GRAMMY Award recipients. Melissa Salguero is this year’s recipient of the Music Educator Award™.

Neil Diamond (Photo PBS)


Hal Blaine
Emmylou Harris
Louis Jordan
The Meters












Tina Turner


Queen (Photo Neal Preston)





Led by four-time GRAMMY-winning Gospel great Yolanda Adams as master of ceremonies with GRAMMY®-nominated industry icon Greg Phillinganes as musical director, the tribute concert features performances by past GRAMMY nominee Micky Dolenz alongside Diamond; eight-time GRAMMY winner Herb Alpert honoring legendary session drummer Hal Blaine;

Yoland Adams (Photo Joe Melendez)

GRAMMY winner Sammy Hagar paying tribute to Graham and Queen; past GRAMMY nominee Ledisi saluting Jordan; and three-time GRAMMY winner Trisha Yearwood performing with Harris. Presenters for the evening include LA Philharmonic Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and GRAMMY winning Henry Rollins. Additional performers include R&B, Soul, Gospel and Jazz singer Sheléa, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Quartet, virtuoso violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, film score composer David Newman and The American Youth Symphony.

Song List (honorees in bold type; performers in parentheses):

Neil Diamond

“Holly Holy” (performed by Yolanda Adams)

Neil Diamond and Micky Dolenz (Photo PBS)

“I’m a Believer” (performed by Micky Dolenz and Neil Diamond)

“Sweet Caroline” (performed by Neil Diamond)

Emmylou Harris

“Boulder to Birmingham” (performed by Emmylou Harris)

Emmylou Harris & Trisha Yearwood (Photo Thirteen)

“Love and Happiness” (performed by Emmylou Harris and Trisha Yearwood)

After Emmylou’s performance, she took the time to thank PBS by saying “They are a shining light of sanity and light in a world that can be very caotic. Let’s make sure we support them and don’t go away because we need you.” Wow, that is so true. Please continue to support PBS and their terrific programming. Get you kids involved in watching PBS.

Hal Blaine

Herb Alpert (Photo Joe Melendez)

“A Taste of Honey” (performed by Herb Alpert)




Louis Jordan

Ledisi (Photo Grammy)

Medley: “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie / Let The Good Times Roll” (performed by Ledisi)


Sheléa Performing Proud Mary (Photo PBS)

Tina Turner

Medley: “What’s Love Got to Do with It / Proud Mary / The Best” (performed by Sheléa)



John Williams

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, composer David Newman, and The American Youth Symphony (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)

“Theme from Schindler’s List” (performed by Anne Akiko Meyers, David Newman and The American Youth Symphony)

“Air and Simple Gifts” (performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic Quartet)


The Meters (Photo PBS)

The Meters

“Cissy Strut/Fire on the Bayou” (performed by The Meters)



Bill Graham and Queen

Sammy Hagar (Photo Joe Melendez)

“Right Now” and “We Will Rock You” (performed by Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony)



The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by a vote of the Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of the Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing® Advisory Council and Chapter Committees and ratified by the National Board of Trustees, and presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

Throughout its more than 40-year history on public television, Great Performances has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming.

A production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, Great Performances: GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends 2018® is written by David Wild and directed for television by David Horn, with Mitch Owgang as producer, and Horn and Neil Portnow as executive producers. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.

This Great Performances presentation is funded by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Irene Diamond Fund, Rosalind P. Walter, The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, The Agnes Varis Trust, The Starr Foundation, The Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, The Abra Prentice Foundation, and PBS.

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