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Three-Time GRAMMY Winner to Be Recognized at Annual Fundraising Event for His Contributions to American Music

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi To Host A Red Carpet Media Event Starting At 4:30 pm On Friday, Nov. 1

WHO:
Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, Mississippi-born country artist Charley Pride will be the inaugural recipient of GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi’s Crossroads of American Music Award at the Mississippi Museum’s 2019 Gala on Friday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. Established by the Museum’s Board of Directors, the Crossroads of American Music Award honors an artist who has made significant musical contributions influenced by the creativity born in the cradle of American music. Pride will appear at the Museum’s 2019 Gala to accept the award on Nov. 1 at the Museum in Cleveland, Miss.

WHAT:
The theme for the 2019 GRAMMY Museum Mississippi Gala is “Girls, Guitars, & Rocktail Bars.” The event, developed by the Mississippi Museum’s Red Carpet Guild — an organization of committed volunteers whose mission is to promote, support and sustain the Mississippi Museum — will take place on Friday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. The event will feature a reception, dinner and cocktails, live music from Nashville country pop trio Southern Halo and Memphis’ Almost Famous and a special performance from Charley Pride, and a live auction.

The annual GRAMMY Museum Mississippi Gala is the Museum’s signature fundraising event, with proceeds benefiting the Museum’s education program, which seeks to use music as a gateway to learning by inspiring and cultivating creativity, critical thinking and self-expression.

WHEN:
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
4:30 p.m. – Red Carpet Media Interviews
6 p.m. – Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. – Dinner, award presentation, musical performances, & live auction
10:30 p.m. – Program concludes

WHERE:
GRAMMY Museum Mississippi
800 W. Sunflower Road
Cleveland, MS 38732

PARKING:
Ample parking is available in GRAMMY Museum Mississippi’s onsite parking lot.

WHY:
GRAMMY Museum Mississippi’s Board of Directors established the Crossroads of American Music Award to honor an artist who has made significant musical contributions influenced by the creativity born in the cradle of American music. The recipient will be honored at the annual GRAMMY Museum Mississippi Gala, with proceeds going toward supporting the Museum’s education programs. GRAMMY Museum Mississippi’s education programs are designed to support its mission to use music as a gateway to learning by inspiring and cultivating creativity, critical thinking, and self-expression.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Media are invited to cover the 2019 GRAMMY Museum Mississippi Gala. If you are interested in covering this event, you MUST request credentials no later than 6 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Credentials will be picked up at media check-in on the day of the event. ALL MEDIA MUST BRING PHOTO I.D. All crews must be self-contained ENG crews. All satellite truck/van parking must be coordinated with Crystal Larsen no later than 12 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1. ALL MEDIA MUST BE CREDENTIALED for this event.

About Charley Pride:
Charley Pride is celebrating more than 50 years as a recording artist. He has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the history of country music and is credited with helping to break color barriers by becoming the first black superstar within the genre. A true living legend, he has sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time GRAMMY® award and Recording Academy “Lifetime Achievement Award” winner, Pride has garnered no less than 36 chart-topping country hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Pride continues to perform concerts worldwide and has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand over the last several years. His latest album, Music In My Heart, was released in 2017 on Music City Records. For more information, visit CharleyPride.com.

About GRAMMY Museum Mississippi:
Developed by the Cleveland Music Foundation—a nonprofit organization founded in 2011—the 28,000-square-foot GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is housed near the campus of Delta State University, home of the Delta Music Institute’s Entertainment Industry Studies program, which features the most unique audio recording facilities in the South. Affiliated with the Recording Academy™, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present, and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. The Museum features a dynamic combination of public events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric area that introduces visitors to the impact of Mississippi’s songwriters, producers, and musicians on the traditional and modern music landscape.

For more information, visit grammymuseumms.org, “like” GRAMMY Museum Mississippi on Facebook, and follow @grammymuseumms on Twitter and Instagram.

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Charley Pride publicity contacts:
Jeremy Westby, jpw@2911.us, 833-537-2911 x800
Jason Ashcraft, jason@2911.us, 833-537-2911 x801

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi contacts:
Crystal Larsen, crystalmarie.larsen@gmail.com, 323-477-4835

Charley Pride booking:
Kevin Bailey, kevin@charleypride.com, 214-350-8477