Songwriters giving lifetime award to Divine Miss M

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Bette Midler

Bette Midler

Grammy Award-winning singer Bette Midler, whose time­less vocals were heard in the Dis­ney movies Oliver & Com­pany (1988) and The Hunch­back Of Notre Dame (1996), will receive the annual Sammy Cahn Life­time Achieve­ment Award at the 43rd Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame induc­tion cer­e­mony on June 14 in Manhattan.

The award is pre­sented to “indus­try vet­er­ans who are acknowl­edged as pio­neers in their craft, whose body of work over time has been sub­stan­tial, endur­ing and influ­en­tial, and whose suc­cess and con­tri­bu­tions over a life­time have inspired the music community.”

Bette Midler cap­ti­vated the world early in her long career with her styl­ish pre­sen­ta­tion and unmis­tak­able voice, mak­ing each song her own, and turn­ing them into pure gold,” Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame chair­man Jimmy Webb said in a state­ment. “It will be our great plea­sure to honor her at our annual awards gala with the Sammy Cahn Life­time Achieve­ment Award.”

As Geor­gette in Oliver & Com­pany, she sang “Per­fect Isn’t Easy,” writ­ten by Barry Manilow, Jack Feld­man and Bruce Suss­man. She was heard in The Hunch­back Of Notre Dame singing “God Help the Out­casts,” writ­ten by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.

She and voice actor Dan Castel­lan­eta (Homer) per­formed “Wind Beneath My Wings,” writ­ten by Jeff Sil­bar and Larry Hen­ley, in the 1993 Simp­sons episode Krusty Gets Kan­celled. And in 2004, her ren­di­tion of the song was heard in the Drawn Together episode The Other Cousin.

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