Diane Warren to Receive Millennium Visionary Award
NEW YORK--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Aug. 4, 1999-- Songwriter Extraordinaire to Be Honored at Benefit Dinner for The American Cinema Awards Foundation and the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children Inc.
Diane Warren will be honored with the Millennium Visionary Award for "Distinguished Achievement in Songwriting" by the American Cinema Awards Foundation and the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children Inc.
Also being recognized will be the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson, and humanitarians Tonja Walker Davidson and Ed Davidson. The intimate evening will benefit the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children and the Actors' Fund of America. The exclusive event will take place on Aug. 16, at the New York home of producer David Gest.
Throughout the evening there will be performances by country superstar Trisha Yearwood; Grammy-Award-winner Monica; film, stage and television star Diahann Carroll; Motown super group The Four Tops; legendary MGM musical star Ann Blyth; the star of "Fosse," Andy Blakenbuehler; the stars of "The Lion King," Heather Headley and Jason Raize; jazz legend Ramsey Lewis; pop singer Edwin McCain; the star of "Ragtime," Brian Stokes Mitchell; television and film star Stefanie Powers; and musical superstar Whitney Houston, with surprise appearances by some very special guest stars.
The evening will bring the entertainment and business communities together with the common goal of raising much-needed funds for abused and battered children as well as children in need, and, at the same time, raise money for arts-related charities and scholarships.
The American Cinema Awards Foundation was founded 15 years ago by Gest and Jackson and has raised millions of dollars for the Motion Picture and TV Fund in Los Angeles and the Actors' Fund of America in New York. It has also established numerous scholarships at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Warren's songs transcend all genres of music. She is being recorded by such diverse artists as Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, Johnny Mathis, Vanessa Williams, Monica, Trisha Yearwood, Edwin McCain and Eric Clapton.
She has also had multiple Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Recently, Warren won a TNN/Music City News award (this award is unique in that it is based solely on fan votes -- not music peers) for her song "Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me," performed by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
Warren is a former recipient of the International Achievement in Arts Award (the sister organization of the American Cinema Awards Foundation) for "Distinguished Achievement in Songwriting."
NEWSFILE: 5 AUGUST 1999
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