The event also featured Michael Bolton, Kristian Bush and David Caddick, Joan Osborne, "American Idol" music director Ray Chew, singer-songwriters Peter Cincotti and Frankie Moreno, Island Def Jam music group president Steve Bartels, IMG founder Charles Hamlen and entertainment and media entrepreneur Kevin Liles.
As previously reported by Playbill, the gala celebrated honorees Ashford and Simpson, Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell, Grammy-winning artist Melissa Etheridge, Grammy-winning creators of Les Misérables — Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer and Claude-Michel Schönberg — and R&B singer/songwriter Trey Songz.
The recipients were honored at 6 PM in Manhattan. Tribute presentations with celebrity presenters and performers were part of the evening. The event will support the Chapter's ongoing advocacy, education and professional development programs.
The Recording Academy Honors were established to celebrate outstanding individuals whose work embodies excellence and integrity and who have improved the environment for the creative community.