Shane McAnally received the Spirit of Music Award at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 45th annual New York Honors Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street earlier this week.
The memorable evening, which raised over $1.3 million, also presented the Lifetime Music Industry Award to Warner Records Co-Chairman & COO Tom Corson, as well as the Rising Music Superstar Award to Def Jam Recordings Chief Creative Officer & EVP Archie Davis.
The event was hosted by Board Chairman John Esposito and Gala Co-Chairs Tunji Balogun, Aaron Bay-Schuck, Robert Carlton, Steve Gawley, Laura Swanson and Julie Swidler.
“Tonight has been a truly memorable night for all of us at the T.J. Martell Foundation and we were honored be able to bring the gala back to New York City,” shared Esposito. “It was a thrill to bring together such an incredible room to celebrate tonight’s three honorees and to be in the presence of such wonderful talent from the presenters to the artists who performed, all in the name of continuing our mission to further the critically important work the foundation does in support of cancer research.”
It was a big week for McAnally, who also celebrated his and Brandy Clark‘s musical Shucked being recognized at the Tony Awards, with Shucked actor Alex Newell taking home an award for Best Actor in a Featured Role In a Musical for their role as Lulu.
11-time Grammy nominee Clark was one of the evening’s performers, along with Grammy-nominated bilingual alternative R&B/pop singer-songwriter Omar Apollo and breakout actress/singer-songwriter and R&B star Coco Jones.
Presenters included Grammy and Tony Award-nominated music and theater star Josh Groban, iconic Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth as well as Oscar and Golden Globe nominee and NAACP Image Award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler.
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