Singer Dionne Warwick was honored Tuesday night with an award named for a pioneering opera singer.
The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to "critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way." Anderson was the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.
Warwick, a five-time Grammy winner, received the award at a star-studded ceremony and concert featuring Jerry Blavat, Darlene Love, Billy Davis, Jr. and others at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Center City.
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Warwick, an East Orange, New Jersey, native, has had 18 consecutive top 100 singles, and 20 best-selling albums featuring her blend of pop, gospel and R & B.
She has supported many philanthropic campaigns through the years, including those battling AIDS and world hunger. She's also a champion of music education.
Previous winners of the Marian Anderson Award include singer Patti LaBelle, music producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and jazz great Wynton Marsalis.