On February 20 the 2001 Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards, a kind of "Grammys of the Guitar," were presented in Los Angeles at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The recipients are chosen through a process that includes nomination by the editors of the leading musical instrument publications, with finalists chosen by the music media at large.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring a guitarist who, over the course of a career has made a significant impact on the guitar world and influenced young musicians. This year's award went to former David Bowie guitarist Peter Frampton, who is only the 7th person to receive this honor. Past recipients are B.B. King, Emmylou Harris, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, Brian Setzer, and Andy Summers. Frampton also took home honors for the "Best Guitar Performance," for his Grammy-nominated "Off The Hook."
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Chairman and CEO said, "Over the years, Peter Frampton has continued to thrill us all with his music and amazing guitar skills, both on albums and live in concert. From his setting and keeping the record for the top selling live album of all time, to inspiring a generation of guitarists, we are proud to honor Peter with the 2001 Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award."
Gibson also presented a guitar to Frampton signed by Les Paul, his idol, personally dedicated to him! Other winners were Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris and Kenny Wayne Shephard.
For a full list of nominee's and winners, visit Gibson.com.