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Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples to receive Kennedy Center Honor

The Kennedy Center announced Thursday that it will honor Mavis Staples, Al Pacino, the Eagles, James Taylor, and Argentine pianist Martha Argerich at a gala later this year. The event will be held December 4 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. and will be broadcast December 27 on CBS.

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See Bob Dylan and Bonnie Raitt praise Mavis Staples in new HBO documentary, Mavis!

Mavis Staples, the legendary R&B and gospel singer from Chicago who made a name for herself singing in her family band The Staples Singers back in 1957, is getting well-deserved HBO treatment. A new documentary Mavis! premieres Feb. 29 on the network and EW is excited to premiere a clip from the doc below.

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Mavis Staples announces new album, documentary premiere date

Veteran soul singer Mavis Staples announced her latest album Thursday — and the record, scheduled for a Feb. 19 release, comes with a mild twist. For Livin’ On a High Note, her fifteenth studio album and the follow-up to 2013’s One True Vine, Staples turned to folkie M. Ward for production and recruited a slate of indie artists for songwriting duties that includes Nick Cave, Justin Vernon, tUnE-yArDs, Neko Case, and Benjamin Booker.

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Exclusive: Watch the first trailer for Mavis Staples documentary 'Mavis!'

For gospel and R&B singer Mavis Staples, her music was more than just her profession. It became a large part of the performer’s contribution to the American civil rights movement of the 1960s.

The new documentary Mavis! charts Staples’ career and her influence on both music and civil rights. Staples has performed on her own and as part of her family band the Staple Singers, who first hit the charts in 1956 with “Uncloudy Day.”

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