Folk/rock artist Donovan, six-time GRAMMY winner Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius are among the special guests added to The Recording Academy's 2012 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel in Washington, D.C., on April 25.
Hosted by NBC News correspondent Luke Russert, the event will honor Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and seven-time GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter/producer John Mayer for their commitment to improving the working environment for the nation's music community. Special guests will also include Recording Academy Chair Emeritus and five-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow and songwriter Monty Powell (Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and Keith Urban), plus musical surprises.
The special guests will help recognize the achievements of Berman and Mayer as well as a GRAMMY Foundation Signature School that has demonstrated excellence in music education.
In addition to the awards ceremony, the GRAMMYs on the Hill events will also include the music community's only annual advocacy day on Capitol Hill on April 26, at which hundreds of music professionals from across the country will visit with legislators to advance pro-music policies that improve the environment for music and its makers. GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day will feature a morning briefing with keynote speeches by leading legislators and lobbying members of Congress.