imgNew York (September 5, 2012)—Rock legend Pete Townshend, the creative driving force behind The Who, will be honored with the Les Paul Award next January at the TEC Awards in Anaheim, CA during NAMM.

The 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards will be held Friday, January 25, at the Anaheim Hilton during the 2013 NAMM Show. Presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the TEC Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production.

The Les Paul Award, named in honor of the legendary musician and inventor who passed away in 2009, is presented annually to honor individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Russ Paul, son of Les Paul, will make the presentation to Pete Townshend on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation, sponsor of the award. Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Al Kooper and other musical giants since the award was instituted in 1991.

According to Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation, “Following in Les’ footsteps, Pete Townshend personifies both guitar wizardry and technical prowess in both studio and live music performance. He is a true original and a natural choice for the Les Paul Award honor.”

Starting in the mid-1960s, Pete Townshend was at the helm of the Who, penning songs like "My Generation," "The Kids Are Alright," "I Can See for Miles," "Pinball Wizard" and "Won’t Get Fooled Again." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. He resides in West London, where he was raised, and is currently on a world tour with The Who performing the rock opera, Quadrophenia, for its 40th Anniversary.

The TEC Awards will be held on the second night of the NAMM Show; organizers expect it to attract more than 1,000 audio and music professionals from around the world. Proceeds of the ceremony provide scholarships for students of the audio arts and sciences, and support programs promoting safe hearing in the music environment, an issue of special importance to Townshend.

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