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THE MARIAN ANDERSON AWARD has been created to celebrate critically acclaimed artists – individuals who have used their talents for personal artistic expression and whose body of work has contributed to our society in a singular manner. It is named in memory of the legendary singer and distinguished Philadelphian, Marian Anderson.


2016 Award Recipients

PHILADELPHIA, PA. (JUNE 14, 2016) – Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced today that Patti LaBelle and Gamble & Huff will receive the 2016 Marian Anderson Award at the annually anticipated Gala on November 15, 2016, at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. This is the first year since 2008 that the Award has been presented to multiple recipients. Honoring these individuals also represents a first-time focus on Philadelphia’s contributions to the popular music world and a truly unique tribute to the Award’s namesake, Marian Anderson, an esteemed singer and beloved Philadelphian. The Marian Anderson Award was created to celebrate critically acclaimed artists who have used their talents for personal artistic expression and whose bodies of work have contributed to our society in a singular manner… CLICK HERE to view the full press release.

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