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Kristen Chenoweth and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Kristen Chenoweth and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

“This is surreal because I’m here most of the time honoring other people and it feels kind of weird being honored, but it feels so good to be honored,” said American gospel singer and actress who was honored at the GRAMMYs on The Hill at The Hamilton in downtown Washington, DC.

“Then it feels scary to be honored because now I’ve got to do more. But it’s okay because I love doing more. I think that we as creators, we know what it’s like to birth something out of our experiences. The one thing that I do know is that every person on earth, no matter which side of the aisle they are, no matter what color, creed, ethnicity, everyone has a heart.”

The Recording Academy™ united the worlds of music and politics at the annual GRAMMYs on the Hill® Awards. The Awards honored four-time GRAMMY®-winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams for her advocacy on behalf of fellow creators and Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth for her philanthropic contributions to the music community. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) were honored for their roles in achieving bipartisan support of the Music Modernization Act, further advancing music creators’ rights. Joined by more than 60 members of Congress, performances included Adams, Chenoweth, songwriter and musician PJ Morton (Maroon 5), and GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Linda Perry.