The 2017 NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards will honor Local 9-535 member and Aerosmith co-founder Joe Perry and his producer Jack Douglas. The NAMM Foundation announced October 27 that Perry will receive the Prestigious Les Paul Award given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation to honor individuals who have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recoding technology in the spirit of audio pioneer and musician Les Paul.
As principal songwriter, lead guitarist, and producer of multiple tracks, Perry’s talents have contributed to Aerosmith’s four Grammy Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, 12 MTV Video Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, and more than 150 million albums sold. At the event, Perry will perform live before an audience of pro audio and sound production inventors, musicians, and industry friends.
Perry, who was a friend of Les Paul, states, “Anytime my name is mentioned in the same sentence as Les Paul, it’s a huge honor. Getting an award bearing his name is icing on the cake.”
Along with Perry, producer Jack Perry will be inducted into the NAMM Tec Hall of Fame, created to honor pioneers of audio technology, as well as the music industry’s most accomplished producers.