In conjunction with the Mississippi Development Authority and Peavey Electronics, The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter presented the 2011 Mississippi GRAMMY Legacy Celebration on June 7 at the Beau Rivage Theatre in Biloxi, Miss.
A continuation of The Academy's recognition of the contributions of Mississippians to American music, the program was hosted by Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.) and wife Marsha Barbour, and featured performances by Jay Dean And The Tropical World Of Tango; 15-time GRAMMY winner B.B. King; Jimbo Mathus and Shannon McNally of GRAMMY-nominated Luther Dickinson & The Sons Of Mudboy; GRAMMY-nominated group North Mississippi Allstars; and conductor Benjamin Wright. Actress Joey Lauren Adams served as emcee for the evening.
Following the performances, the Barbours hosted a reception during which King was presented with the Peavey Award in honor of his significant role in furthering Mississippi's musical heritage.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Mississippi Blues Trail and Country Music Trail.