The GRAMMY Foundation® and GRAMMY Museum® are partnering on Sept. 1 to present “Icon: The Life And Legacy Of B.B. King,” a celebration of the life and legacy of B.B. King.
Referred to as the King of the Blues, King released more than 50 albums since he began recording in the 1940s, creating classics such as “3 O’Clock Blues,” “You Don’t Know Me,” and “The Thrill Is Gone,” among many others. King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He received The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987, has had four recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, and he received honorary doctorates from several universities and music colleges. the legendary guitarist whose velvety voice and expressive style ushered the blues into the mainstream, died March 14, 2015.
The live tribute, will include performances by multi-GRAMMY winners Keb’ Mo’, Derek Trucks and Jimmie Vaughan; GRAMMY winners Slash and Susan Tedeschi; GRAMMY nominees Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd; and blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker.
Proceeds raised from Icon: The Life And Legacy Of B.B. King will support the initiatives of the GRAMMY Foundation and GRAMMY Museum, two charitable organizations of The Recording Academy.