Florida Chapter Sets Recording Academy Honors

March 30, 2006 -- 2:23 pm PST

Chapter to salute the Backstreet Boys, Ednita Nazario, Roger Nichols and Iggy Pop


The Florida Chapter of has named global pop sensations the Backstreet Boys, Puerto Rican pop artist Ednita Nazario, seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning producer/engineer Roger Nichols, and legendary punk icon Iggy Pop as recipients of The Recording Academy Honors 2006. The Recording Academy Honors was established to celebrate outstanding individuals whose work embodies excellence and integrity and who have improved the environment for the creative community. The event, which will attract recording artists, key entertainment executives and community leaders, will be held April 17 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Formerly known as the Florida Heroes Awards, this gala supports the Florida Chapter's ongoing advocacy, education and professional development programs, along with the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund — an effort established to aid those Gulf Coast area music community residents affected by 2005's devastating storms.

The evening will include a silent auction and performances by the Backstreet Boys, Al Di Meola (an artist recorded by honoree Roger Nichols), Ednita Nazario and Iggy Pop, who will perform with Sum 41.

For more than a decade, the Backstreet Boys (Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson) have entertained audiences worldwide with their soul-sweetened harmonies, elaborate choreography and infectious songs. They rose to fame with such hits as "I Want It That Way," "All I Have To Give" and "Shape Of My Heart," becoming the first-ever group to have two million-selling albums in the first week of release. Their 1999 album, Millennium, was certified 11 times platinum and Black & Blue achieved platinum status in more than 30 countries. Their latest album, 2005's Never Gone, debuted at No.3 on the Billboard 200 album chart and has sold 3 million copies worldwide. In 2001, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the group performed at various benefit concerts in Washington, D.C., and New York City and contributed to the all-star tribute benefit single "What's Going On." The group supports a variety of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations including the Dorough Lupus Foundation and the Brian Littrell Healthy Heart Club For Kids.

With a career that spans more than 40 years, Ednita Nazario has performed with an eclectic lineup of music icons such as Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, and Ricky Martin. Her 1973 album Al Fin Ednita! announced her arrival as Puerto Rico's hottest teen sensation. She has captivated audiences all around the world singing in Spanish, English, French and Italian as well as earning a star at Miami's Calle Ocho Walk Of Fame. In 1998, Nazario made her Broadway debut in Paul Simon's controversial play

"The Capeman," earning her a Drama Desk best supporting actress nomination and also capturing the prestigious Theatre World Award. Confirming her status as one of Latin America's hottest live performers, her 13-show engagement at the Center Of Fine Arts in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was one of the longest concert runs in the venue's history.

Entering his fourth decade as a producer/engineer, seven-time GRAMMY winner Roger Nichols has become the "unimpeachable expert" in the field of digital audio, having earned the reputation of recording engineer/producer extraordinaire. A trained nuclear engineer, Nichols designed and built Wendel Jr., a high fidelity digital audio percussion replacement device used by many artists including Cher, Pink Floyd, Heart and Paul Simon as well as numerous sound companies. Nichols fills his few idle moments on the Board of Governors for the Florida Chapter of The Recording Academy and lecturing master classes at Berklee School of Music, Musician's Institute, Recording Workshop, production school Full Sail, Vancouver Film School, and the University of Miami. Nichols is currently the digital audio consultant for the Library of Congress' new Culpepper Archiving Facility. He has archived and restored digital/analog tapes for The Big Chill soundtrack, all of Steely Dan's original master tapes, the entire Roy Orbison catalog, early Blue Thumb catalog tapes for re-release, and the JVC Jazz catalog.

Iggy Pop is a rock icon who emerged in the late 1960s as part of the Stooges, the group that single-handedly godfathered punk rock, garage rock and American heavy metal more than three decades ago. Iggy Pop conquered Europe and the Far East as a headlining phenomenon in the '90s. His uniquely crafted songs have been covered throughout the years by such musicians as Everclear, the Go-Gos, Joan Jett, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Sex Pistols and can be heard in soundtracks for such films as Almost Famous, School Of Rock, Beavis & Butthead, and Dogtown And Z-Boys. In the late '80s, Pop began his film career with roles in Sid And Nancy, The Color Of Money, Cry-Baby, The Brave (with Marlon Brando), and The Crow: City Of Angels, among others. His 1990 album Brick By Brick spent 37 weeks on the Billboard charts and his latest album, A Million In Prizes, has introduced a new generation to his music.

Tickets for The Recording Academy Honors gala are $150 if purchased by March 31 and $250 thereafter for members. The non-member price is $450. Qualified music professionals can join The Academy for $100 and purchase tickets at the member price. To reserve your tickets, please call the Florida Chapter office at 305.672.4060. Sponsorship and table packages are also available. Tickets must be purchased by April 10, 5 p.m. (ET).