ATLANTA (April 2, 2003) – The Atlanta Chapter of the Recording Academy has selected James Brown, Leslie Fram, Fred & Dinah Gretsch and TLC as its 2003 Heroes Awards recipients. The Heroes Award is the highest honor bestowed by an Academy Chapter and is given to honor outstanding individuals and institutions in the Atlanta region that have improved the environment for the creative community. The gala event, which attracts recording artists, key entertainment executives and community leaders, will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2003, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel (210 Peachtree Street, downtown Atlanta). Proceeds will benefit the Academy’s professional arts education programs for the music community of the Atlanta region and a portion to benefit the MusiCares Foundation – the Recording Academy’s health and human services charity.
The premiere event will commence at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP Press Reception and a special Silent Auction and cocktail hour, offering one-of-a-kind music memorabilia, as well as travel and entertainment packages. The Heroes Awards Dinner and Show begins at 8:00 p.m. and will recognize the esteemed honorees with VIP presenters and performances. Sponsorship packages and table sales are available by calling the Atlanta Chapter office at 404.249.8881.
Recipients of the Heroes Award are selected in acknowledgment of the excellence and integrity embodied in their work, as well as their willingness to support and participate in programs benefiting the music community.
James Brown James Brown’s status as “The Godfather of Soul” remains undiminished, and his showmanship remains timeless. His style has been celebrated throughout generations. As one of the most sampled artists to date, he has more honors attached to his name than any other performer in music history. He has 114 total entries on Billboard’s R&B singles charts, 94 that made the Hot 100 singles chart and 17 of these hits reached number one. After a lifetime of triumphs over adversity, Mr. Brown knows the importance of education. He has never downplayed his past and has used it as an example of what one could achieve. Often mentoring to neighborhood kids on the importance of staying in school, he would give away college scholarships. James Brown is a charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a recipient of a lifetime achievement GRAMMY” Award in 1992.
Fred & Dinah The President and First Lady of “That Great Gretsch Sound,” Fred and Dinah Gretsch continue the rich history of The Gretsch Company, makers of fine guitars and drums since 1883, headquartered in Savannah, GA. Gretsch instruments are respected around the world for their craftsmanship, visual beauty, many innovations and product development “firsts.” Famous artists who have played Gretsch guitars and drums over the years include the late Chet Atkins and George Harrison, Brian Setzer, Duane Eddy, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bo Diddley, Phil Collins, Harvey Mason, Charlie Watts, Vinnie Colaiuta, and many more. The Gretsch’s were major sponsors of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame two years before the museum opened. Together, Fred and Dinah were early contributors to the Save The Music Foundation in conjunction with VH-1 and regularly contribute musical instruments to charity auctions nationwide that benefit education. Fred is also on the board of trustees for Loyola High School in New York City and a member of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army in Savannah. Dinah also devotes her time as a member of Savannah West Rotary Club and also supports children’s programs at Royce Center; St. Jude Children’s Hospital; Christian City in Union City, GA; International Child Outreach; and the Rotary Foundation.
Leslie Leslie Fram, the “First Lady of Modern Rock,” is 1/3 of the very popular “Morning X” on WNNX 99X. She brings balance, wit and class to the mix, while delivering news and a female perspective to the daily issues at hand. But clearly, it’s her talent for picking the hits that has made Leslie one of the most powerful people in the radio and music industry. One of the few female Program Directors in the country, Leslie has navigated her career and love for radio into a position that has enabled her to make a difference in the music industry and beyond. She has a collection of gold and platinum albums from artist thanking her for helping introduce their music to a national audience. Even with numerous accolades and awards under her belt, Leslie has a strong civic duty that includes charity work for Breast Cancer Awareness-For the Young Survival Coalition, Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, Samaritan House of Atlanta, Angel Flight of Georgia, Grady Pediatric AIDS program, RAINN, GCAPP, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Fund, Noah’s Ark and Camp Sunshine, to name a few.
TLC TLC, the best-selling female group in music history, has sold over 27 million albums and 9 million singles worldwide in less than a decade and impacted popular culture through music, style and fashion. The GRAMMY winning group’s legacy as acknowledged leaders in the world of hip-hop, pop and R&B continues with their recent release of 3D, TLC’s fourth album. The group’s latest hit-filled project is a loving tribute by Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas to their beloved friend and fellow group member, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. TLC is known for supporting a number of important social causes, including raising funds in the fight against sickle cell anemia, promoting safe sex (particularly among teens) and setting up a scholarship fund in honor of Lisa Lopes. TLC’s unparalled mixture of strength, beauty and talent has assured them a top spot in music history.
The Recording Academy is a non-profit organization of 18,000 musicians, producers, and other recording professionals. Best known for the GRAMMY Awards, the Recording Academy also is responsible for numerous groundbreaking outreach programs involving education, human services and cultural enrichment. Through its extensive program of initiatives and member benefits, the Atlanta Chapter continues to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to not only serving its musician and music industry constituency, but also to connecting and participating with the community at large.
MusiCares was established in 1989 by the Recording Academy, MusiCares’ mission is to ensure that music people have a compassionate place to turn to in times of need while focusing the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. MusiCares is dedicated to providing a safety net of critical assistance and to treating each case with integrity and confidentiality. Our programs provide much-needed services and resources to individuals in the music community who are confronted by a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies.
Proceeds from Atlanta’s Heroes Awards Gala to Benefit the Chapter’s Professional Arts Education Programs and MusiCares® Foundation
For more information about the Heroes Awards, the Atlanta Chapter or the Recording Academy in general, please visit www.grammy.com.