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Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, shock rock act Kiss, and singer/songwriter Carole King will be honored with 2001 New York Heroes Awards, bestowed by the local chapter of the Recording Academy. Also toHip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, shock rock act Kiss, and singer/songwriter Carole King will be honored with 2001 New York Heroes Awards, bestowed by the local chapter of the Recording Academy. Also to be honored is Linda Moran, president of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and special advisor to the CEO and co-COO of AOL Time Warner.
The four recipients will be celebrated at a Dec. 4 gala at New York's Roosevelt Hotel. Proceeds from the BMI-sponsored event will be donated to charities supporting the families of the World Trade Center rescuers who sacrificed their lives in order to save others.
"The New York Heroes Awards, one of the Recording Academy's most prestigious events, is once again demonstrating the New York Chapter's commitment to service," Recording Academy president/CEO Michael Greene said in a statement. "All of the honorees have made contributions not just to our culture through their endeavors, but have also recognized that with their unique talents come the responsibility to give something back to the community. Through this event, the New York Chapter is raising funds to assist the New York Heroes of the police, fire and emergency services who so selflessly dedicated their lives to save their fellow New Yorkers."
The 2001 quartet of honorees join past Heroes Awards recipients Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blige, Michael Bolton, Chuck D, LL Cool J, Philip Glass, B.B. King, Bernadette Peters, Tito Puente, Lou Reed, Diana Ross, Salt 'N Pepa, Carly Simon, and Billboard's Timothy White and Irv Lichtman. For more information, visit the Recording Academy's official Web site at Grammy.com.