On January 8, 2006, as part of the annual Elvis Presley Day proclamation ceremony for Elvis's birthday, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awards will be presented upgrading the sales certification status of two Elvis albums - "ELV1S 30 #1 HITS" and "It's Christmas Time" and the for first sales certifications for the DVD "Elvis By The Presleys".
The album "ELV1S 30 #1 HITS" is to be upgraded from 3X Platinum to 4X Platinum (4 million units sold). The album "It's Christmas Time" is to be upgraded from Platinum to 2X Platinum (2 million units sold). The "Elvis By The Presleys DVD" is to be certified 2X Platinum (200,000 units sold) in the category of Music Video Long Form.
RIAA awards reflect only certified sales in the United States and do not recognize sales in any other countries.
In addition to the RIAA awards, a Sony BMG award commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Elvis on RCA Records will be presented. RCA Records bought Elvis's Sun Records contract from producer Sam Phillips in November 1955. Elvis's first RCA recording session was on January 10, 1956. That session yielded "Heartbreak Hotel", which became his first national #1 pop hit and his first gold record award winner.