Brian Wilson To Be Honored at NARM Convention Awards Dinner
Brian Wilson To Be Honored at NARM Convention Awards Dinner

Brian Wilson will be honored at the NARM Music Business Convention Awards Dinner finale, which will take place on the last night of the meeting, which is scheduled to run from May 10-12 in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

At the dinner, Wilson will be the recipient of the Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement. Past recipients include Cyndi Lauper, Daryl Hall & John Oates, BB King, Chicago, Carlos Santana, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, and Fleetwood Mac.

"Since his first recordings with the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson's influence on the evolution of rock music has been profound," NARM chairman Rachelle Friedman said in a statement. "He is undoubtedly one of the most important modern composers, and his work continues to resonate with people all around the world," added Friedman, who is CEO of J&R Music World.

The honor comes as the Beach Boys' original "SMiLE" album sessions are finally being prepared for commercial release for the first time later this year. Meanwhile, Brian Wilson will perform "Brian Wilson Reimages Gershwin" on a cross-country tour of Canada and select U.S. cities in June, followed by European dates.

Other honorees at the Awards Dinner Finale include songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who will receive the organization's "Outstanding Achievement Award for Musical Collaboration;" artist and advocate Annie Lennox for the "Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award;" Hastings Entertainment chairman, CEO and
 president John Marmaduke who will receive the "Presidential Award for Sustained Executive Achievement;" and Rachelle and Joe Friedman, founders of J&R Music & Computer World, who will receive the "Independent Spirit Award."