The adored soprano won five Grammys for her work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The honors continued throughout her career.
See why Georgia's Jessye Norman, the famed opera singer from Augusta, has been a history maker for four decades..
In 1997, she received the Kennedy Center Honor and, later, the National Medal of Arts in 2009.
Augusta passed a resolution to rename the street over a year ago, but Norman was unable to attend because of a scheduling conflict that put her back on the road.
“Little did we know she would pass away,” before the event could be held, Davis said.
Arrangements have not yet been made public, and it’s unclear whether any events will take place in Augusta.
Eighth Street in Augusta is also home to the Jessye Norman Amphitheater. Her name is also on the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, a community and educational enrichment program.