Last night in Las Vegas, the iconic Gregg Allman was honored at the 67th Annual BMI/NAB Dinner during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention. As a founding member of the one and only Allman Brothers Band and in his own storied solo career, Allman has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, his soulful and distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. His legendary hits, including “Melissa,” “Whipping Post” and “Midnight Rider,” have accrued millions of performances, with the latter also garnering Allman a 1981 BMI Country Award. Among his many accolades, Allman has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY and was ranked #70 by Rolling Stone on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers. His first solo album in more than 13 years, Low Country Blues, enjoyed both critical and commercial success, and his latest album, All My Friends, features musicians from rock to blues to country coming together for a unique performance paying tribute to his life and music. Currently on tour, Allman recently announced a series of new shows this summer co-headlining with the Doobie Brothers.
The invitation-only event also included other special guests from the BMI family of songwriters, including gospel great Yolanda Adams, country hitmaker Matraca Berg, Jeff Hanna of the incomparable Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tom Johnston of the legendary Doobie Brothers, and rising stars Lara Johnston and Gina Rodriguez.