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Treasures Replaced: An Evening With Thelma Houston Restores Beloved Grammy to Motown Legend

Thelma Houston / (ScottMitchellphotography)

By Valerie Milano 

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/20/19 – A quarter of a century ago last Thursday, Northridge, California was hit by a massive 6.7 magnitude earthquake. The losses were many and varied. Motown singer Thelma Houston’s 1978 Grammy statuette was among the casualties of the tragic natural event.  The broken award was replaced Thursday night, the 25th anniversary of the fated day, at An Evening With Thelma Houston, presented by American Express.

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Thelma Houston Gets New Grammy to Replace Trophy Broken in Northridge Earthquake

The evening was in recognition of Houston’s award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her #1 R&B dance smash hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way.”  It’s the song that defined her career, a musical genre, and that she’s best known for.  And she was the first solo female artist at Motown to win it.

The glittering event took place at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live.  The presentation also included a conversation with Houston moderated by Scott Goldman, and a performance. Houston has been in the business for nearly 50 years and is renowned for her distinctive style and voice.  Motown, incidentally, also celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and the legacy remains strong.

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Houston spoke about her journey to success, sharing behind the scenes intimate stories and adventures.  Wearing a classic black jumpsuit with a sheer overlay, she also hit the runway for photos and interviews, and performed her iconic hit for an audience apoplectic with joy.

The Dance Music Hall of Fame inductee and “Apollo Legend”, of course, nailed the highly anticipated performance with signature attitude.  Her illustrious credits include performing for Barack Obama at his inauguration festivities, and at the Vatican for the Pope.

Houston, strong and beautiful as ever, continues to favor the world with over 200 performances per year.  So, broken statuette notwithstanding, she remains a powerhouse in R&B and Motown. To learn more about Houston’s remarkable career, visit:

Website: www.ThelmaHouston.com

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.