DonWas, Photo by GabiPorter.


Don Was to Receive Les Paul Award at TEC Awards
Record producer and music industry executive Don Was will receive the 2016 Les Paul Award at the 31st annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) awards ceremony, to be held on Jan. 23 in the Hilton Anaheim Pacific Ballroom. Comedian Sinbad will host the event which honors individuals and companies across 30 categories for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production.

Was is one of music's most significant artists, producers and executives. He co-founded former Detroit-based band Was (Not Was) with childhood friend David Was (Weiss) before going on to produce decades of commercially successful and critically-acclaimed recordings for top artists.

He has earned multiple GRAMMY Awards for his production work over the past three decades, including Bonnie Raitt's Nick Of Time, Producer Of The Year for work with artists ranging from The Rolling Stones to Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison.

As President of Blue Note Records, Was oversees the label's extensive reissue campaigns that serve audiences in both the analogue and digital realms. He joins a prestigious group of Les Paul honorees, including Stevie Wonder, Sting, Pete Townshend and more, who have "set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology," according to the Les Paul Foundation.