Paired with: Tristan MacManus
Legendary eight-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight began performing recitals at age 4 in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church. Three years later, in 1952, she won the grand prize on television’s Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour, and the following year she, along with her brother, Bubba, and her cousins, formed The Pips and had their first hit in 1961. In 1962 the group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips and they went on to record some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, such as “Every Beat of My Heart,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and the No. 1 smash “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Most recently Gladys appeared in the Tyler Perry film, I Can Do Bad All By Myself. A longtime Las Vegas resident, Knight returned to the Strip this past year at the Tropicana Hotel for a special engagement that ran in the newly named Gladys Knight Theater, making her the first African-American performer to have a venue named after her in Las Vegas.