Roberta Flack at the 1974 GRAMMYs
GRAMMY Rewind: Roberta Flack Wins Record Of The Year For "Killing Me Softly With His Song"
Looking '70s chic in a lime green dress and natural makeup, she accepted her award with a simple yet sincere message: "I'd like to thank the world."
The soulful classic/No. 1 hit (which hit No. 1 again when the Fugees covered it in 1996) also won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance that year. The emotive song is from Flack's 1973 album Killing Me Softly, which was also nominated for Album Of The Year that year.
The year prior, at the 15th GRAMMY Awards, Flack won her first two GRAMMYs, Record Of The Year for "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" (yes, she won it two years in a row!) and Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus for "Where Is The Love" with Donny Hathaway, from their 1972 duet album.
This year, the "Tryin' Times" singer's powerful voice and countless classics will be celebrated at the GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends, where she joins the prestigious group of Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award honorees. Along with Isaac Hayes, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, John Prine and several others, she joins the 2020 class.
Tune into the Special Merit Awards 2020 celebration on Oct. 16 on PBS to hear music from the honorees sung by artists they've inspired.