Six-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga can update her résumé with yet another honor: the recent Golden Globe winner will receive the Jane Ortner Artist Award at the Grammy Museum’s 2016 Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon on April 4 at Ron Burkle’s Green Acres home in Beverly Hills.
At the luncheon, Gaga will not only receive the honor — doled out to a performer who has demonstrated passion and dedication to education through the arts — but she will also sing, as will nine-time Grammy winner and Oscar winner John Legend, who received the Grammy Museum’s inaugural Jane Ortner Artist Award. Gaga is currently nominated for an Oscar with Diane Warren for their collaboration on “Til It Happens to You.”
Building on the Grammy Museum’s education programs and initiatives, the Jane Ortner Education Award (given to teachers, with the 2016 honoree set to be announced shortly) and the Jane Ortner Artist Award were established by the Grammy Museum in partnership with Charles B. Ortner — entertainment attorney, Museum Board member and husband of the late Jane Ortner, a devoted and beloved public school teacher who valued music as a tool for teaching academic subjects.
“The enormous impact Lady Gaga has had on artists and fans began with a strong educational foundation,” Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, said in a statement. “Her career trajectory, marked by extraordinary talent and creativity, is one of the most inspiring stories in music.”
The inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon was held in Los Angeles on July 16, 2014. First lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote. All proceeds from the event will again benefit the continued expansion of the Jane Ortner Education Award program, which offers professional development workshops for teachers and a free online library of music-integrated curricula, as well as additional music education initiatives of the Museum.