La'Porsha Renae, Guordan Banks To Perform at Living Legends Awards Gala

La'Porsha Renae
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La'Porsha Renae performs on American Idol on April 6, 2016. 

The foundation also celebrates its 25th anniversary by launching a scholarship fund.

La'Porsha Renae, American Idol's final season runner-up, and chart-topping R&B artist Guordan Banks will both perform at the Living Legends Foundation’s 20th annual dinner/awards gala. The Oct. 6 event will be held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, Calif.

As previously announced, seven music industry veterans will be honored. Among them: Interscope senior VP of urban promotion Larry Khan, Pensado’s Place exec. producer/co-host Herb Trawick and Sister 2 Sister magazine founder Jamie Brown. Previous honorees include Quincy Jones, Epic Records chairman/CEO L.A. Reid and BET president of programming Stephen Hill.

Renae's American Idol coronation song "Battles" served as the theme song for the U.S. women's gymnastics team at the 2016 Olympics. The singer is currently finishing up her Motown debut album, which is slated for release in November. Banks claimed his first Billboard No. 1 on Adult R&B Songs in June with “Keep You in Mind.” The singer-songwriter, who has collaborated with John Legend ("Who Do We Think We Are") and Keyshia Cole ("Trust and Believe"), recently released his latest single, "#WYWDT (Where You Wanna Do This?)," featuring Dej Loaf. Rounding out the evening’s entertainment will be jazz saxophonist Rob White, with air personality 'Jammin’ Jay Michaels of San Diego rhythmic adult contemporary Magic 92.5 (XHRM) returning as host.

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To commemorate its 25th anniversary this year, the Living Legends Foundation (LLF) is launching an annual scholarship fund that will provide assistance for students from three Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Shaw University in Raleigh, Texas Southern University in Houston and Howard University in Washington, D.C. The three inaugural scholarships will be issued for spring 2017.

“This has been a goal of the foundation for some time,” says LLF Chairman David Linton. “And the 25th anniversary seemed an appropriate time. This is another way to give back and support students interested in pursuing careers in communications, radio and television.”

For additional information about the Living Legends Foundation, visit


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