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Hi Legends Honored at Premier Players Fete

Posted in News on May 19, 2003
The Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy honored some of city's finest musicians at the Premier Player Awards in April. The event paid special tribute to producer Willie Mitchell and legendary label Hi Records, known for instrumental and soul hits that spanned over two decades beginning in the 1950's. Its roster includes Al Green, Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson, Donald Bryant, Ace Cannon and the Hi Rhythm Section. Keyboardist/producer Marvell Thomas was also inducted to the Premier Player Awards Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed to musicians who win five or more awards in a particular category.


Al Green

Ann Peebles

Donald Bryant


Ace Cannon

North Mississippi Allstars


Ingram Hill

Willie Mitchell

BMI congratulates our winners:

Premier Band
North Mississippi Allstars

Premier Newcomer - The Phillips Award
Ingram Hill

Premier Bassist
Richard Cushing

Premier Guitarist
Steve Selvidge

Premier Brass Player
Reid McCoy

Premier Rapper
Gangsta Blac

Premier Harmonica Player
Billy Gibson

Premier Audio Engineer
Jeff Powell