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.
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.
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: