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Clark Sisters Honored By The Recording Academy

The Clark Sisters are set to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy during Grammy weekend in Los Angeles.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is a special merit award presented by vote of the Recording Academy’s National Trustees to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording (through 1972, recipients included non-performers).

The Clark Sisters, an American gospel vocal group initially consisting of five sisters: Jacky, Denise, Elbernita, Dorinda, and Karen – have been taking the world by storm since the early 1980s. Credited for helping to bring gospel music to the mainstream, the Clark Sisters are considered pioneers of contemporary gospel. Their biggest crossover hits include: “Is My Living in Vain?,” “Hallelujah,” “He Gave Me Nothing to Lose,” “Endow Me,” their hit song “Jesus Is A Love Song,” “Pure Gold,” “Miracle,” and their largest, mainstream crossover gold-certified, “You Brought The Sunshine.” The Clark Sisters (Jacky, Elbernita, Dorinda, and Karen) have won three GRAMMYs (two awarded to the group, and one to Karen as a songwriter for “Blessed and Highly Favored”), and with 16 albums to their credit and millions in sales, they are the highest-selling female gospel group in history.

Other Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Laurie Anderson,  Gladys Knight, N.W.A, Donna Summer, and Tammy Wynette.

The 2024 GRAMMYs will air live on Sunday, Feb. 4, on CBS and Paramount+.

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