David "Honeyboy" Edwards Dies

David "Honeyboy" Edwards Dies
GRAMMY-winning Delta bluesman and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient David "Honeyboy" Edwards died of congestive heart failure on Aug. 29 in Chicago. He was 96. Born in Shaw, Miss., Edwards caught the attention of blues musician Big Joe Williams at a young age, and subsequently toured the South with the bluesman before settling in Chicago. In 1972 Edwards met blues harpist Michael Frank and formed the Honeyboy Edwards Blues Band. Edwards' album releases include 1997's Crawling Kingsnake, which features recorded tracks by Edwards from 1967, and 2001's Mississippi Delta Bluesman, which spotlights Edwards performing a mix of original songs and cover songs by the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson and Charley Patton, among others. Edwards earned the lone GRAMMY of his career in 2007 for Best Traditional Blues Album for Last Of The Great Mississippi Delta Bluesman: Live In Dallas with the late bluesman Pinetop Perkins, among others. "A gifted artist, his authentic blues songwriting told stories of folklore and travels while showcasing his gritty, edgy guitar style and Mississippi Delta roots," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "Honeyboy played right up until the final years of his long life, and his legacy undoubtedly will continue to influence blues musicians for generations to come." (8/29)

Katy Perry, Adele Win Big At MTV VMAs
Katy Perry
was among the top winners at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28 in Los Angeles, garnering honors for Video of the Year for "Firework," and Best Collaboration and Best Special Effects for "E.T." featuring Kanye West. Adele also won three awards, taking home trophies for Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction for "Rolling In The Deep." Lady Gaga won two awards for Best Female Video and Best Video With A Message for "Born This Way." Additional winners included Justin Bieber, Foo Fighters and Britney Spears, among others. In other awards show news, Drake was named Songwriter of the Year at the 2011 BMI Urban Awards on Aug. 26 in Los Angeles. B.o.B and Lex Luger became the youngest recipients in the history of the awards ceremony to take home honors for Song of the Year and Producer of the Year, respectively, and Snoop Dogg received the BMI Icon Award. (8/29)

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