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Buddy Guy has earned another hefty trophy, straining a mantle already groaning under the weight of many honors the blues great has amassed over a 60-year career.
The National Association of Recording Merchandisers presented Guy its prestigious Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement at the trade group’s 2013 Music Biz Awards on May 9th in Los Angeles.
Mr Guy has now won six Grammys, 28 Blues Music Awards, Billboard’s Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and was a Kennedy Center honoree in 2012.
As a session player at Chess Records, he backed Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson. Guy influenced a generation of guitarists, including Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. He recorded 20 albums in the ’70s and ’80s, then issued an acclaimed comeback in 1991, Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues.