GRAMMY Salute To Country Music

July 28, 2009 -- 1:04 pm PDT
As part of its ongoing tradition of celebrating musical excellence throughout the year, The Recording Academy will host its first-ever GRAMMY Salute To Country Music honoring Vince Gill presented by MasterCard. The event will be held on Sept. 9 at The Lov

Inaugural event, presented by MasterCard, pays tribute to legendary country music artist Vince Gill 

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As part of its ongoing tradition of celebrating musical excellence throughout the year, The Recording Academy will host its first-ever GRAMMY Salute To Country Music honoring Vince Gill presented by MasterCard. The event will be held on Sept. 9 at The Loveless Barn in Nashville, Tenn. The tribute will feature contemporary Christian artist Amy Grant, American bluegrass/country singer Alison Krauss, actor/comedian Steve Martin, singer/songwriter Michael McDonald, contemporary country singer/songwriter Brad Paisley, and will include a special presentation of The Recording Academy President's Merit Award to 20-time GRAMMY winner Gill in honor of his professional achievements and remarkable career. The President's Merit Award recognizes the contributions that key individuals have made to the music industry and the impact their efforts have had on music and the business of music. This award is an opportunity for The Recording Academy President to acknowledge and honor these vital and outstanding individuals.

"We are thrilled to be celebrating country music in its epicenter of Nashville, and to honor a legendary artist like Vince Gill who has made an indelible mark on the genre," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Our 'Salute To' series pays homage to and celebrates the work of extraordinary people and organizations that continue to ensure that these genres remain a vital part of our culture. This event shows our commitment to recognizing musical excellence all year long, and the impact it has on our lives everyday."

"We are proud to partner with The Recording Academy in support of the GRAMMY Awards and more events celebrating music, including this exciting tribute to Vince Gill," said Chris Jogis, senior vice president, U.S. marketing, MasterCard Worldwide. "Music plays an important role in our culture, and MasterCard has a rich history of embracing the industry, and bringing our cardholders closer to renowned music artists. This partnership allows us to bring priceless music experiences to MasterCard cardholders throughout the year."

This inaugural event joins others in the GRAMMY Salute To series including GRAMMY Salute To Classical Music, Jazz, and Gospel Music, and marks the birth of a new Academy partnership with MasterCard Worldwide.

Hailing from Norman, Okla., Gill's music career has spanned more than 30 years. He has garnered 20 GRAMMY Awards, sold more than 26 million albums, and in 2007 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has recorded 21 albums, including 2006's These Days, successfully weaving country, pop, bluegrass and rock influences together in a groundbreaking four-CD set. As a strong influential force in the country music scene, he has been a coveted duet partner for countless performers including Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand and his wife, celebrated singer Amy Grant. A true humanitarian, Gill has been active in various charity events including his own pro-celebrity golf tournament, The Vinny, supporting junior golf programs in Tennessee.