May 10, 2010

Lena, You Will Always Be a Class Act!

Statement from The Recording Academy®
Lena Horne
May 10, 2010

The incomparable Lena Horne had a sultry voice and mesmerizing stage presence that were instantly recognizable. A two-time GRAMMY® winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, she embraced activism and used her talent to fight for civil rights, helping to break down racial barriers for other singers and actors who would follow. Her timeless legacy will forever be celebrated as part of the fabric of American popular music, and our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends, and fans worldwide as we all mourn the loss of one of music's signature voices.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy®