R&B singer Gladys Knight will be the recipient of this year's ELLA Award. The honor that is given by Society of the Singers will be presented to her on Sept 10.
Upon receiving this award, Knight gave her statement, "It is a truly awesome feeling to be receiving this honor. Ella was the sweetest and most beautiful person as a talent and as a human being." The president of Society of Singers Jerry F. Sharell explained that choosing the singer is only appropriate considering that she is "one of the greatest and most distinctive voices of our time".
Society of Singers is a non-profit charitable organization that exists to 'benefit the health and welfare of professional singers worldwide'. The society's fundraising event is the presentation of ELLA award which is named after legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald. Past recipients include Barry Manilow, Celine Dion and Frank Sinatra.