Following is a press release from the Memphis chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences:
First Annual Memphis Awards to be held Tueseday April 13, 2004
The Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy's first annual Heroes Awards will honor musical pioneers Scotty Moore, D. J. Fontana and the late Bill Black (Elvis' original band); Ike Turner; Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown; and Big Star. The Heroes Award is the highest honor bestowed by an Academy Chapter. It recognizes special individuals who have made significant contributions to America's music and popular culture. Recording Academy chapters have previously honored B. B. King, James Brown, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick and Tom Dowd, among others.
Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as the Recording Academy, is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. An organization of musicians, producers and other recording professionals, the Recording Academy is internationally known for the Grammy Awards, and is responsible for numerous groundbreaking outreach, professional development, cultural enrichment, education and human services programs.