Ziggy Marley Receives Gershwin Lifetime Musical Achievement Award 2017
ZIGGY MARLEY RECEIVES GERSHWIN LIFETIME MUSICAL ACHIVEMENT AWARD
FIRST REGGAE ARTIST HONORED IN AWARD’S 29 YEAR HISTORY
Eight-time GRAMMY winner, Emmy winner, author and philanthropist Ziggy Marley was recently awarded the Gershwin Lifetime Musical Achievement Award at UCLA’s Spring Sing.
Marley is the first reggae artist to receive the award in its 29 year history, honoring his contributions to music with 16 albums spanning three decades, countless world tours, being the first reggae act to tour China and Dubai and his global humanitarian and charitable initiatives including work across Africa, Israel, Jamaica and North America.
Marley stands in good company, past recipients include Ray Charles, Tom Petty, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Quincy Jones and Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Marley received the honor at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, addressing the 7,000 in attendance, urging attendees to act with an open mind and compassion in their daily lives.
This summer, Marley remains incredibly busy, supporting the 40th Anniversary of his father’s landmark album ‘Exodus’ and his own reimaging of the release ‘Exodus 40: The Movement Continues’. Marley will tour North America this summer, in support of ‘Exodus’ and his recent releases ‘Live from KCRW’, ‘I Am A Human’ and ‘See Dem Fake Leaders’.
Watch Ziggy Marley's full speech as he accepts the George & Ira Gershwin Lifetime Musical Achievement Award at the Pauley Pavilion on May 19, 2017 as part of UCLA's Spring Sing event: