Mississippi Night at the GRAMMY Museum®
Jackson, Mississippi — February 7, 2017 — On Thursday, February 9, the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles will host its 8th annual Mississippi Night in conjunction with GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi. The event precedes the 59th annual GRAMMY Awards® and highlights the diversity of Mississippi music.
This year’s Mississippi Night also celebrates two of Mississippi’s greatest musicians – Meridian’s Jimmie Rodgers, known as Father of Country Music, and country music great Charley Pride of Sledge. Rodgers and Pride are 2017 recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards bestowed by The Recording Academy®.
“Charlie Pride and Jimmie Rodgers are two of the biggest pioneers of country music,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “We all should be honored they will be remembered for their lifetime of work.”
Mississippi artists set to perform at the event include Greenville native and country music star Steve Azar, blues musician Bobby Rush of Jackson, blues musician Luther Dickinson of Coldwater along with fife and drum performer Sharde’ Thomas of Gravel Springs, and blues musician Vasti Jackson, originally from McComb.
“Mississippi’s rich musical heritage has shaped, and continues to shape, American music across a variety of genres. For our state, the Birthplace of America’s Music, to be recognized with the 8th annual Mississippi Night at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, is not only a great tribute for Mississippi and its talented musicians, it puts us on the global stage and highlights the abundance of talent we have to offer to the world,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray.
Mississippi Night at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live began in 2010. Prior Mississippi artists performing at the event include David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, the Williams Brothers, Shannon McNally, Jimbo Mathus, Marty Stuart, Steve Forbert, North Mississippi Allstars, Mac McAnally, James Burton and Norbert Putnam.