At The 2017 NAMM Show, Canadian songwriter-musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Robbie Robertson was presented with The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) "Music for Life" award for his decades of musical contributions, which have influenced musical genres, songwriting and guitarists, as well as numerous film scores, compositions and even his own autobiography, Testimony.
The award was presented during the organization's opening "Breakfast of Champions" session by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, who introduced Robertson with acknowledgement of his illustrious career as a musical innovator:
"Emerging from the melting pot of blues, jazz, folk and rock and roll, Robbie Robertson came of age during a time of great musical and social change which is still reverberating today. And with a seat at the table of some of the most memorable music moments of our lifetime, he has inspired countless to pick up an instrument and find their own voices."
The theme of the morning was innovation and Robertson shared his perspective on what continues to drive him: "You are influenced by people you admire…No matter how long you've been doing something, you're still absorbing, you're still learning. You learn one thing and then something else comes along and it challenges you and it raises you to a new place. The challenges that make you want to wake-up early is one of the greatest gifts of life."
Past recipients have included business leaders, public officials and musicians, including Stevie Wonder, Yoko Ono, Henry Mancini, Smokey Robertson, and the 2016 recipient, Graham Nash. It is awarded each January during the global music products gathering, The NAMM Show, held in Anaheim, CA.
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