David Redfern/RedfernsOfficial details have been unveiled about of the ceremony that will salute the Recording Academy’s previously announced 2016 Special Merit Awards honorees, including Earth, Wind & Fire, Linda Ronstadt and Jefferson Airplane. The event, called “Grammy Salute to Music Legends,” will take place April 23 at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles and will be recorded for an upcoming installment of the PBS series Great Performances.

The ceremony will include a live tribute concert featuring performances by some of the honorees and by other artists who will celebrate the music of the award winners. Acclaimed producer Don Was will serve as the event’s musical director. Jefferson Airplane and Ronstadt will be recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the ceremony, as will hip-hop group Run-DMC, jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock, late R&B singer Ruth Brown and late salsa legend Celia Cruz. Winners of the Trustees Awards, the Technical Grammy Awards and the Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award also will be acknowledged at the gala.

While the Special Merit Awards previously were presented at a ceremony held in conjunction with Grammy Week, this year marks the first time that a standalone event featuring a musical tribute has been organized. The ceremony also will include video presentations celebrating the honorees and appearances by celebrity guests who will hand out the awards.

“For many years now, we’ve wanted to honor Special Merit Awards recipients on a larger scale with an event like ‘Grammy Salute to Music Legends,'” says Recording Academy CEO and president Neil Portnow. “The contributions of our honorees are innumerable, and we look forward to an unforgettable evening as we pay tribute to their exceptional accomplishments.”

Tickets for the gala go on sale today at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.

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