Dionne Warwick

Celebrity Forum presents Dionne WarwickPhoto pf Darlene Love

Throughout her over 50-year career, six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning music legend Dionne Warwick earned more than 75 charted hit songs and sold over 100 million records. An international music icon and concert act, she is known as the artist who “bridged the gap” with her soulful blend of pop, gospel and R&B music that transcended race, culture and musical boundaries.

Discovered by Burt Bacharach and Hal David in 1961, she went on to record 18 consecutive Top 100 singles, including “Don’t Make Me Over,” Walk on By,” “Say a Little Prayer,” “A House is Not a Home,” “Alfie,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Déjà Vu,” among countless others. She received her first GRAMMY® in 1968 for “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and became the first African American solo female artist of her generation to win the prestigious award for Best Contemporary Female Vocalist Performance.  

In 1985, Warwick participated in the recording of “That’s What Friends Are For,” a number-one hit worldwide that raised awareness and major funds for AIDS research. She continues to support the cause, as well as The Starlight Foundation, children’s hospitals, world hunger, disaster relief, and music education for which she has been honored and has raised millions of dollars. Warwick also participated in the all-star charity single, “We Are the World” and performed at “Live Aid.” 

Honored by AMFAR, the Desert Aids Project, and Clive Davis at his pre-Grammy party, she was also inducted into The Grammy Museum where a special 50th Anniversary career exhibit was unveiled. Most recently, Warwick released a star-studded duets album entitled, “Feels So Good,” featuring collaborations with some of today’s greatest artists. 

An author of two hit children’s books, Warwick wrote the best-selling autobiography “My Life As I see It” for Simon & Schuster in 2010. Honored in a 2018 PBS Television Special “Then Came You,” she was named a 2019 Ambassador to the Smithsonian Institute’s Year in Music.

In 2017, Warwick was the recipient of the coveted and prestigious Marian Anderson Award for her career accomplishments and philanthropy, was named a recipient of the GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, and received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor in December 2023.

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