By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D.
NNPA Culture and Entertainment Editor
Legendary Tony Award-winning and Grammy-nominated songstress, Melba Moore, has achieved many milestones in her dynamic career. From Broadway to television, hit records to high accolades from arts and civic leaders, Moore has overcome personal and professional obstacles on the road to her iconic status.
Friday, August 26, 2022, Moore received the Joseph R. Biden Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring her career. The event took place at Morehouse College in Atlanta GA.
At the event, she also received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her commitment to improvement within urban communities.
Moore is no stranger to awards for her many talents and service. Moore won the Tony Award for best featured actress for her performance in Purlie (1970) and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance in that same year. Moore has been received several Grammy nominations for her songs, “Read My Lips” and “Lean on Me,” and Best New Artist in 1971.
In recent years, the Harlem-born, Newark raised dynamo’s rendition of “Lift Every Voice & Sing” (recorded in 1990) was added to the US National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2017 as an “American Aural Treasure.” The rendition was also entered into the Congressional Record as the Official Black National Anthem. Moore’s rendition of the national Black anthem was also added to the US National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as an “American Aural Treasure”. Moore recently released her latest album, Imagine.
Moore will also be a part of the 2023 Hollywood Walk of Fame Class, which will include Lenny Kravitz, Sheila E., Charlie Wilson, Ludacris, Garrett Morris and Ludacris. Moore will receive her star for the Live Performance category.