Johnny Mercer Award

Kenneth Gamble

Born in Philadelphia on August 11, 1943, Kenny Gamble was always surrounded by music, and spent much of his youth working in the music industry. He cut his first records at local penny arcade recording booths, brought coffee to WDAS morning radio personalities Georgie Woods and Jimmy Bishop, and operated… more


Johnny Mercer Award

Leon Huff

From the first moment his fingers pounded on the “C” keys in the opening melody to “Back Stabbers,” Leon Huff helped create and bring the genre of Philadelphia soul music to the world. Along with his partner Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff wrote or co-wrote more than 3,500 songs in 45… more


Hitmaker Award

Doug Morris

Doug Morris is Chief Executive Officer of Sony Music Entertainment. Widely regarded as the most influential music executive in the industry, he is responsible for guiding the overall global activities of the world’s second largest music company. Sony Music is a leader in the global recorded music business with a… more


Towering Song

Over the Rainbow

“Over the Rainbow” was written for the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, and was sung by actress Judy Garland in her starring role. With music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E. Y. Harburg, the classic Academy Award-winning ballad has received numerous historic honors and accolades over the past… more


Starlight Award

Dan Reynolds

After the last note played on the last song of a marathon set a few years ago, Dan Reynolds, frontman for Las Vegas based rockers Imagine Dragons, realized it was all starting to come together. “We were playing a gig at this place called O’Sheas, which has the cheapest beer… more