Buddy Guy honored at NARM Music Biz Awards
Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY2:48 a.m. EDT May 10, 2013
The master bluesman was treated to a surprise tribute by 14-year-old protégé Quinn Sullivan
(Photo: Getty Images for NARM)
Buddy Guy has earned another hefty trophy, straining a mantle already groaning under the weight of many honors the blues great has amassed over a 60-year career.
NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) presented Guy its prestigious Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement at the trade group’s 2013 Music Biz Awards Thursday night in Los Angeles.
The highly decorated blues singer/guitarist, 76, has won six Grammys, 28 Blues Music Awards, Billboard’s Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and was a Kennedy Center honoree in 2012.
A session player at Chess Records who backed such legends as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson, Guy influenced a generation of guitarists, including Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. He recorded 20 albums in the ’70s and ’80s, then issued an acclaimed comeback in 1991, Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues.
Buddy Guy(Photo: Getty Images for NARM)
At Thursday’s NARM awards dinner, Guy was treated to a surprise tribute by protégé
Quinn Sullivan, 14, who performed Buddy’s Blues, an autobiographical tune that describes how he met his mentor at age 8 and drew inspiration from Guy’s example. Sullivan performed solo, accompanying himself on a Fender Stratocaster. Visibly moved, Guy shouted afterward, “I didn’t know this was going to happen!”
NARM bestowed the 2013 Music Biz Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award on Emeli Sande. Sande, Cher Lloyd, Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks also were recognized by the Recording Industry Association of America for top-selling singles.
Natalie Cole, Tom Jones and Booker T. Jones were on hand to celebrate, along with Sick Puppies, Glee’s Alex Newell, Goo Goo Dolls’ singer John Rzeznick and Jessica Sanchez.