5X Grammy Award Winning Buddy Guy to be Inducted in the 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Grammy-Winning Silvertone Artist Buddy Guy will be inducted in the 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame it was announced today. Buddy will join U2, Percy Sledge, The O'Jays and The Pretenders at the 20th Annual Induction Ceremony to be held March 14th in New York City.
The Foundation's nominating committee, composed of Rock and Roll historians, selects nominees each year in the "artist" category. Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of about 700 rock experts. Past inductees include: Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Cream, Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones.
Buddy is currently working on a new album with producer John Porter (The Smith, Los Lonely Boys and B.B.King). Carlos Santana as well as other surprise musical guests will join Buddy for this late 1st quarter release.
Buddy Guy is an internationally renowned blues guitarist, singer and showman who is considered the master of Chicago-style electric blues. In a career spanning more than 45 years, he has received five Grammy Awards, and a Billboard Century Award. The Chicago's blues king has influenced rock guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. He is also the proprietor of Buddy Guy's Legends, a blues nightclub in downtown Chicago established in 1989.
2003 was an amazing year for Buddy whose new acoustic CD Blues Singer was released on June 3rd to rave reviews. Blues Singer earned Buddy his 5th Grammy in 2003. Buddy Guy was the recipient of the Medal of Arts, which was presented by President George W. Bush in November 2003. The Medal of Arts, established by Congress in 1984, is awarded by the President to those who have made extraordinary contributions to the creation, growth and support in the arts in the United States. Buddy also received his 21st W.C. Handy Award, the most any one artist has ever received.
Buddy Guy was also honored by the Recording Academy's Chicago Heroes Award on November 6, 2003. Recording Academy President Neil Portnow gave a short call of musicians Buddy Guy has performed with, as well as the guitarists he inspired, such as Jimi Hendrix Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. "Buddy is a living example of excellence: a thrilling instrumentalist, a soulful singer, and a peerless stage performer," Portnow said.
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