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Charley Pride Honored With GRAMMY Museum Mississippi's Inaugural Crossroads Of American Music Award
On Friday, Nov. 1, GRAMMY-winning country legend Charley Pride was honored by the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi with their first-ever Crossroads of American Music Award. The new award was established by the museum's Board of Directors to honor "an artist who has made significant musical contributions influenced by the creativity born in the cradle of American music."
The living legend was there in person to accept the award and performed at the annual gala event, which benefited the GRAMMMY Museum Mississippi's music education programs.
@GRAMMYMuseumMS & the Red Carpet Guild have been working on our annual Gala. This year we have the pleasure of presenting the Crossroads of American Music Award to the 3-time GRAMMY Award winning blues legend Charley Pride! Read more.. https://t.co/cMIlGA0pKK
— GRAMMY Museum MS (@GRAMMYMuseumMS) September 20, 2019
The 85-year-old Mississippi-born, Texas-based country music icon's hits have spanned the decades, all the way back to the mid-'60s, and include "Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone," "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" and "All I Have To Offer You Is Me," from 1970, 1971 and 1986, respectively.
According to the museum, which opened in Cleveland, Miss., in 2016 as the first GRAMMY Museum outside of the flagship Downtown Los Angeles location, Pride has earned over 36 No. 1 country singles and 52 Top 10 country hits. Yee-haw indeed!
In addition to his impressive number of hits, he has earned 13 GRAMMY nominations over his illustrious career and three GRAMMY Awards to-date. His golden gramophones were won at the 14th GRAMMY Awards for songs from his 1971 gospel album Did You Think To Pray, including Best Sacred Performance for its title track, and at the 15th GRAMMY Awards for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male for Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs.
In 2017, the country great's indelible impact on music was honored with the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1993 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.
Pride's most recent album was 2017's Music in My Heart.