Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol ConcertsPatti LaBelle and the songwriting team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff are this year’s recipients of a major Philadelphia honor.
They will share the Marian Anderson Award, presented to “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’s named after opera singer and Philadelphian Marian Anderson, who was the first black person to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
LaBelle, Gamble and Huff will be celebrated at a gala in Philly on November 15.
LaBelle was one of the many legendary artists Gamble and Huff produced during their career.
Past Marian Anderson Award honorees include Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy and Jon Bon Jovi.
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