Nancy Pelosi called her “this little tiny person with a great big voice” when she presented Tony and Emmy award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth with an award for her philanthropic contributions to the music community at the Recording Academy’s annual GRAMMYs on the Hill event on April 9th.
Chenoweth was lauded alongside four-time GRAMMY winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams, who received an award for her advocacy on behalf of fellow creators.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D – NY) were also recognized for their roles in the passage of the Music Modernization Act last year.
The awards dinner and show took place at the Hamilton Live, and featured live performances from the musical honorees as well as additional special guests — GRAMMY winning singer/songwriter/musician PJ Morton (Maroon 5) and GRAMMY nominate songwriter and producer Linda Perry.
Spotted on stage were Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) keeping rhythm next to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), with Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX) dancing with Reps. Martha Roby (R-AL) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).
Other notables in attendance included Broadway star Brandon Victor Dixon, R&B singer/songwriter Major, producer/songwriter Ian Fitchuk, producer/songwriter Jerry Harrison, R&B singer/songwriter Mario, and singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier.