July 28, 2009
Vince Gill will be honored by the Recording Academy in the first-ever Grammy Salute to Country Music, an invitation-only event on Sept. 9 at the Loveless Barn in Nashville. Steve Martin, Michael McDonald, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley and Gill's wife, Amy Grant, are among those scheduled to appear at the event. The Recording Academy has previously hosted similar salutes within the classical, jazz and gospel genres. Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy, said the series "celebrates the work of extraordinary people and organizations that continue to ensure that these genres remain a vital part of our culture."