Iconic guitarist Slash will receive the prestigious Les Paul Award during the 30th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. Comedian Sinbad will provide the laughs as the evening’s host. The NAMM TEC Awards honours individuals and companies across 30 categories, for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production.
The Les Paul Award, named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, honours individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Instituted in 1991, the award has been granted to luminaries including Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Todd Rundgren, and Peter Gabriel.
As a critically acclaimed, British-American musician and songwriter,Slash has amassed album sales topping 100 million copies, garnered a Grammy Award, seven nominations, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns ‘n’ Roses. Time magazine named Slash second, behind only Jimi Hendrix, on its “Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. His famous guitar solos in songs including “November Rain” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” are adored by rock fans worldwide. In 2003 he helped form the rock Grammy-winning supergroup Velvet Revolver, releasing two successful imprints with Scott Weiland and former GnR band mates.
Sinbad, also a guitar player, is ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time. For more than two decades, he has enjoyed a loyal following with his brand of clean standup routines and relatable humorous takes on life. Sinbad is also an accomplished film & TV actor, known internationally for the film Houseguest and his annual NAACP Image Award-winning HBO concert series Sinbad’s 70’s Soul Music Festival.
Also as part of the evening’s festivities, engineer-mixologist Ed Cherney and bassist Nathan East will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame.
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