Gibson Guitar announced the nominees for the annual Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards, to be held on Thursday, February 20, at the Cutting Room in New York from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The nominations include over 50 artists in 11 categories that encompass guitar-driven music genres of rock, blues,country, jazz and contemporary Christian music. The D. H. Baldwin Award will be presented to legendary pianistMarian McPartland.
The Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards recognize guitar players (and players of related fretted instruments) for their artistic accomplishments and to honor musicians who reflect the spirit of Orville H. Gibson and his belief in quality, prestige and innovation. Members of the music media vote upon nominees and winners. The awards benefit, through financial assistance, the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation, which helps disabled children through music-therapy clinics, research and programs throughout the world.
And the nominees are: Lifetime Achievement Award: James Taylor, Slash, Johnny Cash, Bono and Dolly Parton; Acoustic Guitarist (male): Ryan Adams, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Chris Isaak and Tommy Emmanuel; Country Guitarist (male): Buddy Miller, Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, Keith Urban and Pat Green; Blues Guitarist: B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Lee Roy Parnell, Jimmy Vivino and Bonnie Raitt; Contemporary Christian Band: Third Day, Paul Colman Trio, NewSon, Audio Adrenaline and Jars of Clay; Les Paul Horizon Award: Deryck Whibley (SUM 41), Nick Perri (Siilvertide), Marc Copely, Coldplay and Allison Robertson (The Donnas); Rock Guitarist: Zakk Wylde, Lenny Kravitz, Charlie Sexton, Richie Sambora and Slash; Acoustic Guitarist (female): Alana Davis, Michelle Branch, Sheryl Crow, Patty Griffin and Jewel; Country Guitarist (female): Dolly Parton, Gail Davies, Jennifer Hanson, Natalie Maines and Shania Twain; Jazz Guitarist: Ronny Jordan, Mark Whitfield, Larry Carlton, David Torn and Lee RItenour; Bassist: Tony Levin, Mike Gordon (Phish), Drew Parsons (American HiFi), Shavo (System of a Down) and Charlie Colin (Train).
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