Bennett recognition awards were recently used for the prestigious 2010 American Music Masters Awards. These recognition awards are presented as part of the American Music Masters program, which is co-sponsored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve University. This program, and associated recognition awards, is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s signature series, and honors key figures in the evolution of popular music whose stories and contributions warrant wider recognition. This was the 15th annual American Music Masters series.
The unique awards design "Harmonize", which depicts a stylized musical note, was used for these special recognition awards. This year’s recipients of the American Music Masters recognition awards were the legendary Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. These unique awards were presented at a tribute concert held November 13, 2010, at Cleveland’s Palace Theatre in PlayhouseSquare. This all-star concert and achievement awards ceremony was attended by over 1,800 fans, and featured performances from Bartholomew, Lloyd Price, Irma Thomas, the Dixie Cups, Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack, Toots and the Maytals, James Andrews, Jon Cleary, Robert Parker and Theresa Andersson.
Domino and Bartholomew are two of the most legendary and influential R&B, jazz and rock musicians. Starting out their careers in New Orleans, the two were the key figures in the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll, and many credit them with creating the first true rock and roll record, “The Fat Man”.
This is the fourth straight year that Bennett Awards has produced recognition awards for this event. Past recipients of unique Bennett recognition awards used for the American Music Masters Award include Janis Joplin, Jerry Lee Lewis and Les Paul.