Inspired by the diverse music of Tennessee, the Tennessee Music Awards program honors independent artists and professionals statewide, from Memphis to Jackson, Nashville to Knoxville, and Chattanooga to Johnson City.
The Tennessee Music Awards program is focused on all genres, providing a platform for artists, producers, venues, and more, to synergize promotional efforts. Voting for the 2018 multi-genre event began June 17 and ended July 7. The public nomination round began April 12, 2018 and ended May 31. Eligible artists with the most nominations moved on to the final voting round.
Carl Perkins was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Born in Tiptonville, Tennessee, Perkins's songs were recorded by artists (and friends) as influential as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Johnny Cash, which further established his place in the history of popular music. Paul McCartney claimed that "if there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles."
W.S. Fluke Holland was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Born April 22, 1935, in Saltillo, Tennessee, Holland notably played drums on the 1955 Sun Records recording of "Blue Suede Shoes" and performed on the "Million Dollar Quartet" session that featured Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash.
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