Legendary guitarist, singer and songwriter Peter Frampton will be honored with the Les Paul Innovation Award at the 34th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards on January 26, 2019. Frampton is being recognized for his innovative thinking which matches Les Paul, the Father of Modern Music.
“It is a distinct honor to receive the Les Paul Innovation Award. I would say that many of my career highlights occurred while holding an instrument in my hands that bears Les Paul’s name,” said Frampton. “I was lucky enough to know him personally, and I owe him so much. He was a wonderful character as well as a genius! An incredible guitar player as well as the inventor of so much music technology. Les changed the way we record forever. I can only hope that I’ve been able to make a fraction of the positive impact that Les Paul made in his iconic career.
Frampton, a multi-platinum-selling artist, recently celebrated the 42nd anniversary of his fifth solo album, Frampton Comes Alive!, one of the top-selling live records of all time with over 17 million copies sold worldwide. In 2007 he won a GRAMMY award for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for Fingerprints. In 2014, he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. He’s done work with some of the top names in music including David Bowie, Stevie Nicks, Ringo Starr, and more.
Les Paul invented the solid body electric guitar, multi-track recording, and other recording techniques. Frampton joins other honorees of the award Jackson Browne, Joe Perry (Areosmith), Steve Vai, and others.
“Peter Frampton remains one of the most skillful and celebrated artists in rock history. He also was a friend of Les Paul’s and has played a pivotal role in helping the Foundation keep Les’s legacy alive,” shared Michael Braunstein, Executive Director, The Les Paul Foundation. “Like Les, he is an undeniable master of his instrument and in many ways ahead of his time. We are honored to have Peter join the impressive list of Les Paul Innovation Award recipients.”
The NAMM TEC Awards are held during The NAMM Show, the global gathering of music, sound and event technology industries, in Anaheim, California, January 24-27, 2019. Purchase tickets on site or in advanced here.