If you’re putting together a list of feel-good bands, Earth Wind and Fire are sure to make the grade. With a mix of soul, funk, disco, R&B and more, these guys bring out the best in music with every performance.
EWF’s euphoric sound and globally loved stage presence makes them one of the most successful acts of all time. And this was celebrated in 2019 at the 42nd Kennedy Center Honors, which took place at the Kennedy Center Hall of States in Washington, DC, on December the 8th. Check out Cynthia Erivo’s solo performance at the show in the video below.
The incredible show honored many talented artists, including the actress Sally Field (who’s been in numerous films including “Hello, My Name Is Doris” and “Forrest Gump”) and singer Linda Ronstadt (who’s had several chart-topping albums).
But the spotlight shone brightest over Earth Wind and Fire, who were last (but certainly not least) to be honored. Artists including John Legend and Cynthia Erivo paid tribute to the band with renditions of some of their best-known songs whilst friends, such as David Foster and David Copperfield, indulged the audience with stories of the celebrated group. Below is the final song perfomed on the Honors’ night, featuring all the acts who performed.
Fans showed support across YouTube, saying “This was an awesome tribute to one of the greatest historical musical bands in history!” and “Earth, wind & fire is certainly one of the greatest bands of all times.”
The iconic band have been nominated for 17 Grammys and won 6, including “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” (in 1975, 1979 and 1982) and most recently “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2016. They also received 5 American Music Awards, 1 BET Award, and a Hollywood Walk of Fame star on September 14th, 1995. If you would like to watch the entire honors show, you can see it in the video below.
And rightly so. The band, who were founded by Verdine and the late Maurice White in 1969, have had a phenomenal music career. They released their first album, self-titled “Earth, Wind & Fire”, in 1971, followed by “The Need Of Love” and “Last Days And Time” in 1972. From there on in, the Chicago born band have sold more than 100 million records, had both gold and platinum albums and performed at more than 600 concerts (with more dates planned later this year!)