Ten-time Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan will serve as the 2019 Rose Parade Grand Marshal, and also be among the parade performers.
The singer, songwriter and philanthropist will make history as the first Grand Marshal to double as a featured performer in the parade’s 130-year history, according to organizers.
Khan will perform in the Rose Parade Presented by Honda, Opening Spectacular at 8 a.m. New Year’s Day. It’s an event that will be broadcast on ABC and NBC affiliates across the country. In Los Angeles, the Rose Parade will air on KTLA5.
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Chaka Khan Foundation.
“I am happy that music and youth are the focus of this year’s parade, which totally aligns with the mission of my foundation,” Khan said. “This year’s theme `The Melody of Life’ fits perfectly into my philosophy that ‘Music is the melody of life.’ ”
The Chaka Khan Foundation was co-founded in 1999 by Khan and her sister, Tammy McCrary to assist at-risk women and children. In 2019, the foundation plans to launch a series of new initiatives titled “Serve the Underserved” focused on art programs for youth as well as programs for empowering families challenged with autism.
Khan, who has crossed multiple genres of music — including R&B, pop, rock, jazz, gospel, country, world music and classical — has released 22 albums, including 10 No. 1 Billboard charted hits. She’s best known for the 1984 chart-topping, Grammy award-winning megahit, “I Feel for You,” written and first performed by Prince.