Julie Andrews honored by VH1 Save the Music

Award marks 45th anniversary of 'The Sound of Music'

Julie Andrews will be honored by the VH1 Save the Music foundation, the network announced in a statement Thursday.

A gala will be held Nov. 8 at New York's Cipriani restaurant to pay tribute to the 45th anniversary of Rodger and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music." John Legend, John Mayer and the ASCAP Foundation will also receive accolades. Natasha Bedingfield will perform.

"My passion for music, the arts and literacy has been a life-long endeavor.... and the ability to play in those sand boxes professionally has given me such joy," Andrews said of the award. "With the state of the economy as it is and the cut-backs impacting the arts, it is now more important than ever that we aggressively preserve the ability for our youth to benefit from all that music, the arts and literacy has to afford. I am truly honored."

Paul Cothran, Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, said, "To have the opportunity to celebrate such an incredible talent and individual is a privilege."

Andrews, who voiced a character in this summer's animated hit "Despicable Me," will also appear on the final season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" with her "Sound of Music" costars, including the actors who played the Von Trapp kids. The real Von Trapp kids will perform. [REVIEW: "Despicable Me"]