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Blues music icon and 15-time GRAMMY® Award winner  B.B. King joined Peavey Electronics®, The Recording  Academy® and the State of Mississippi in celebrating  the musical legacy of the “Birthplace of America’s Music” at the annual  Mississippi GRAMMY Legacy Celebration and Peavey Awards at the Beau Rivage  Resort & Casino on June 7 in Biloxi.
The Mississippi  GRAMMY Legacy Celebration is a Recording  Academy®-sanctioned event that honors the musical  heritage of Mississippi through performances by the state's many GRAMMY winners  and nominees. According to The Recording Academy, Mississippi has produced more  GRAMMY winners and nominees per capita than any other state.
“It’s  an honor for Peavey Electronics to be part of the rich musical legacy of  Mississippi,” said Hartley Peavey, founder of Meridian, Miss.-based Peavey  Electronics, one of the music-products and pro audio industry’s leading  innovators and largest manufacturers.
“I  was fortunate to hit my teenage years during the early days of rock & roll,  and the music of artists like B.B. King inspired me to learn how to play guitar.  In fact, it was a 1957 Bo Diddley concert that gave me the creative spark to  build the first Peavey amplifier. The history of Peavey Electronics and the  music of Mississippi—blues, country and rock & roll—are forever  intertwined.”
B.B.  King received the prestigious Peavey Award during the celebration. Established  in 2007, the Peavey Award is named for Hartley Peavey and honors those who have  played a major role in creating and promoting Mississippi’s musical  heritage. Previous honorees include Jerry Lee Lewis, Marty Stuart, Brandy, Paul  Overstreet, Mavis Staples, Charley Pride, Pinetop Perkins, The North Mississippi  Allstars, James Burton and more.
Jon  Hornyak, Senior Executive Director of The Recording Academy's Memphis Chapter  commented, “The incredible musical influence of Mississippi artists is  undeniable, and it is safe to suggest that virtually every GRAMMY nominee and  winner has used Peavey products on stages and in studios during their  careers.”
The  evening also saw performances by North Mississippi Allstars’ Luther and Cody  Dickinson, who performed as a duo; conductor Benjamin Wright, whose credits  include work with Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Barry White and The  Temptations; Jimbo Mathus; Shannon McNally; and Jay Dean and the Tropical World  of Tango.
Proceeds  from the event benefit the Mississippi Blues Commission to support the  Mississippi Blues Trail project. To date, the commission has placed more than  100 interpretive markers at notable historical sites to explain the  significance, history and growth of blues music.
Mississippi  Governor Haley Barbour and First Lady Marsha Barbour hosted the event, while  actress Joey Lauren Adams, star of hit movies Big Daddy, Dazed and  Confused and The Break-Up, served as emcee.
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