It would take ages to list all of Glen Campbell's many awards and accomplishments. Some of the most notable honors that Campbell has earned over the years include the CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Now, Campbell is set to receive another honor of a "lifetime." As announced on Tuesday (January 31), Campbell has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the National Guitar Museum's Lifetime Achievement Award!
For the past seven years, the National Guitar Museum has awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to musicians who are known for "contributing to the legacy of the guitar and having a singular historical importance to the development and historical appreciation of the instrument."
Campbell is the first country artist to earn this prestigious award. Some of the past recipients have been B.B. King, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, and Roger McGuinn of The Byrds.
HP Newquist, the executive director of the National Guitar Museum, explained why the museum felt that Campbell was worthy of the award:
"Glen is best known for his singing and performing career...but equally important is his stellar guitar legacy which goes back nearly 60 years...his tremendous virtuosity as a guitarist is an essential component of recorded music over the past half century."
Newquist also explained that the museum found it important to honor Campbell's legacy now, considering his diagnosis with Alzheimer's.
"We think it important to honor Glen and his legacy now while people can still appreciate his incredible achievements, and be aware of what he’s going through," Newquist stated.
Since his diagnosis, Campbell's wife, Kim, has traveled across the country to help raise awareness about Alzheimers. She responded to the National Guitar Museum, thanking them for honoring her husband and his talents:
"Very few guitar players have the opportunity—or skill—to play the variety of styles that Glen did through his 60 years of performing. Glen's playing has surely inspired countless guitarists and will continue to do so as new generations discover his contributions to the canon of popular music."
We'd like to congratulate Campbell and his family on this incredible honor. He's more than deserving!
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