The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, together with Case Western University, honored The Everly Brothers with recognition awards created by Bennett Awards. The Everly Brothers received these awards as part of the 19th Annual Music Masters Series. Each year, these achievement awards honor groundbreaking musicians who have helped shaped the evolution of popular music, and whose contributions and stories merit broader recognition.
The Everly Brothers are widely known for their close harmonies and steel-string guitar playing. The duo, which consisted of Don Everly and Phil Everly, had a huge impact on the evolution of both rock and country music, and have been inducted into both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
For these achievement awards, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame chose the Bennett Awards sculpture “Harmonize”, designed by Tom Bennett. This unique sculpture award is based on a stylized musical note. The sculpture was mounted on a custom-engraved round base with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame logo engraved on the top of the base, and the recipient information engraved on the side of the base. This is the 7th year that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has used this sculpture for these prestigious awards. Past recipients include Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Les Paul, Fats Domino, and Dave Bartholomew.
The Everly Brothers received these awards as part of a special award ceremony and tribute concert held October 25, 2014, at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to the award presentation, the event featured performances by Graham Nash, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Peter Asher, and Allison Kraus among others.
More information on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Music Masters Series can be found at http://rockhall.com/events/american-music-masters/.