The Recording Academy announced Tuesday it will honor its 2018 Special Merit Awards recipients with an awards ceremony and live tribute concert on July 14, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, the Meters, Queen, and Tina Turner. Additional Special Merit Awards honorees to be celebrated include Bill Graham, Seymour Stein, and John Williams, who are this year’s Trustees Award honorees, and Tony Agnello and Richard Factor, who are the Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.
Also being honored is Melissa Salguero, this year’s recipient of the Music Educator Award. Led by Grammy-nominated industry icon Greg Phillinganes as musical director, the “Grammy Salute To Music Legends” tribute concert will feature rare performances by honorees and never-seen renditions by those they’ve inspired, the academy said in a statement.
Currently scheduled to appear are eight-time Grammy winner Herb Alpert, who will honor Blaine; past Grammy nominee Micky Dolenz, who will be honoring Diamond; Grammy winner Sammy Hagar, who will pay tribute to Graham; 13- time Grammy winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Harris; past Grammy nominee Ledisi, who will salute Jordan; and three-time Grammy winner Trisha Yearwood, who will pay tribute to Harris.
Presenters for the evening include actress Angela Bassett and Grammy winner Henry Rollins. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly.
Tickets for the event will be on sale via Ticketmaster beginning Tuesday.