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Prestigious industry award for T Bone Burnett

David Davies 17 February 2011
Prestigious industry award for T Bone Burnett

The Recording Academy has awarded its coveted President’s Merit Award to producer T Bone Burnett for his significant contributions to the art and craft of recorded music, writes Mel Lambert.

Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow made the presentation during the standing room-only Producers & Engineers Wing’s Grammy Week Gala at Village Recording Studios, West Los Angeles. The P&E Wing celebrated its 10th Anniversary during the event, entitled ‘Shaken Rattled & Rolled’, to honour the 10-time Grammy winner’s 40-year career. Elton John and Leon Russell, whose album The Union Burnett produced last year at Village Studios, served as honorary event co-chairs.

“When the P&E Wing was established,” says Portnow, “an essential voice was created for music makers: the voice of those ‘behind the glass’ that work so diligently to ensure that the quality and integrity of recorded music is captured and preserved. As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, it is only fitting that we pay tribute to one of our industry’s finest: T Bone Burnett, whose visionary talent and masterful skills have greatly impacted the landscape of audio production.” This year the Recording Academy’s P&E Wing celebrates its 10th Anniversary.

Burnett’s work includes producer credits for Elvis Costello, Jakob Dylan, Elton John & Leon Russell, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, kd lang, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Ralph Stanley, Cassandra Wilson and many others. He has also produced soundtracks for such films as Across The Universe, Cold Mountain, Crazy Heart, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski and Walk The Line.

Grammy Week culminated with Sunday’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards broadcast on the CBS television network. (For PSNE’s full coverage of the production/engineering awards and the event’s technical set-up, visit

‘Shaken Rattled & Rolled’ was held with the support of such companies as Focusrite Novation, Full Sail, Kurzweil, Sennheiser and Ultimate Ears, plus Village Studios, West L.A. Music and Westlake Professional Sales. Co-sponsors included Harman International brands AKG Acoustics, JBL and Lexicon, Avid, Music Marketing, Shure, Iron Mountain, Korg USA, PMC, Prism Sound, Mix and Pro Sound News.

(c) 2011 Mel Lambert | Content Creators

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