Gibson Guitar Awards: "And the Winner Is ..."
February 21, 2001 Peter Frampton, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Wayne Shepard, and some of the world's other top guitarists assembled at the L.A.'s Petersen Automotive Museum yesterday for the 2001 Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards, considered the "Oscars" of the guitar industry. The annual awards were given out to the best guitarists in rock, country, blues and jazz, with recipients voted on by the music media.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring a guitarist who, over the course of a career has made a significant impact on the guitar world and influenced young musicians. This year's award went to rock guitarist and Grammy nominee Peter Frampton, who is only the 7th person to receive this honor. Past recipients are B.B. King, Emmylou Harris, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, Brian Setzer, and Andy Summers. Frampton also took home honors for the "Best Guitar Performance," for his Grammy-nominated "Off the Hook."
The awards were hosted by comedian Robert Schimmel, who also announced that he will be honored as the 2001 recipient of the Lymphoma Research Foundation's "Celebration of Life Award" on March 16th at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Schimmel presented the 2001 Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards to the following artists:
- Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Frampton
- Best Guitar Performance: Peter Frampton - "Off The Hook"
- Best Rock Guitarist Male: Dave Grohl, former drummer of Nirvana and guitarist/leader of the Foo Fighters. Grohl's love interest, former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf der Maur, won in her "Best Bassist" category.
- Best Rock Guitarist Female: Melissa Etheridge
- Best Acoustic Guitarist Male: Matt Odmark, from the multi-platinum selling Christian rock group, Jars of Clay.
- Best Acoustic Guitarist Female: Emmylou Harris, former recipient of Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Best Blues Guitarist Male: Kenny Wayne Shepherd
- Best Blues Guitarist Female: Deborah Coleman
- Best Jazz Guitarist Male or Female: Ronny Jordan, nominated for a 'Best Contemporary Jazz Album' Grammy for his current Blue Note release, A Brighter Day.
- Best Country Guitarist Male: Jeff Cook, of country music's top selling group of all time, Alabama.
- Best Country Guitarist Female: Shelby Lynne
- Best Bassist Male: Adam Clayton, U2
- Best Bassist Female: Melissa Auf Der Maur, former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist.
- Les Paul Horizon Award, honoring the most promising up-and-coming guitarist: Jon Foreman, of the Christian rock group Switchfoot. The band is also up for "Rock Gospel Album of the Year" at the Grammy Awards, their first nomination.
Said Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Chairman and CEO, "Over the years, Peter Frampton has continued to thrill us all with his music and amazing guitar skills, both on albums and live in concert. From his setting and keeping the record for the top selling live album of all time, to inspiring a generation of guitarists, we are proud to honor Peter with the 2001 Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award."
Thanks to the generous support of the Petersen Automotive Museum, all the proceeds from this year's event will benefit Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, which helps severely handicapped children through the use of music therapy at clinics in England, Scotland, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, as well as in New York at New York University.
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