Minnelli's most recent Broadway show, Liza's at the Palace, won a 2009 Tony for Best Special Theatrical Event. She also won Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical for Flora the Red Menace and The Act. She won the Academy Award for Cabaret and the Emmy Award for Liza With a "Z".
The Astaire Awards will also begin a new tradition, paying tribute to the career and work of a choreographer and dancer during the awards. This year they will be remembering Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and a few signature Bob Fosse numbers featuring current Broadway performers will be a part of the show. This year's awards ceremony will also be dedicated to Tony and Oscar-winning producer Marty Richards.
The Astaire Awards are the only awards show to honor excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film. Nominations will be announced on May 7. The awards will be directed by Joe Lanteri.