By Bob Howell - WSFA 12 News Anchor
(Montgomery) The Alabama Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet will be held in Montgomery March 25, 2010. It's one of the most elegant and exciting events staged in Alabama.
It celebrates this state's incredibly diverse music heritage, and is a positive force bringing together Alabamians from all phases of music, whether it is Rock, Country, Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Country and Western, Opera, Classical or Contemporary.
WSFA 12 News Anchor Bob Howell will serve as the announcer for the evening.
Performing at this years event will be; Eddie Levert, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Mac Davis, ARS, Jamey Johnson, Mac McAnally, Bobby Denton and Percy Sledge This year's event will be held at the Montgomery Convention Center, Montgomery, AL, located next to our Host Hotel the Renaissance Hotel and Spa.
During this event, five individuals will be inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, a variety of Contemporary Achievement awards given and music enjoyed from some of the best-known entertainers in the world.
The inductees and their categories are:
The Blind Boys of Alabama trace their heritage to 1939 at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Talladega. The Grammy-winning a capella vocalists continue to influence the music world. Just last fall, they released a duets album with several major acts including Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Bonnie Raitt and Solomon Burke and others. Clarence Fountain is the only original member still living, but he has retired from the road, while other members carry on the tradition. They went 58 years before winning their first Grammy, but then picked up the award every year between 2002 and 2005. They have been inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame.