Earth, Wind & Fire get inducted into Kennedy Centre Honours

Earth, Wind & Fire get inducted into Kennedy Centre Honours

- Earth, Wind & Fire became the first African-American group to get inducted into the Kennedy Centre Honours on Saturday

- Original members Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson and Verdine White attended the ceremony

- The members thanked the group's founder, Maurice White, who passed away in 2016

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Earth, Wind & Fire became the first African-American group to be inducted into the Kennedy Centre Honours.

The fusion band’s original members - Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson and Verdine White - accepted the award.

They thanked the group's founder, Maurice White, who passed away in 2016.

“You can’t play any Earth, Wind & Fire songs without Maurice’s DNA being on it, so he’s always here and we’re always celebrating him and his vision,” Johnson said.

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"People are still coming together and having fun.”

The group has been around for 50 years and is still touring.

Rapper-turned-actor LL Cool J was the evening's host.

When asked how he felt about the iconic group being the first African-American group to receive this honour, LL said, “You know, we’ve come a long way, but it shows you how far we have to go when we’re still talking about firsts.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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