The Who's Pete Townshend will be presented with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 2013 TEC Awards.
Presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the TEC Awards recognises outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production, and is held every year at the NAMM Show.
The Les Paul Award honours individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Russ Paul, son of Les Paul, will make the presentation to Townshend on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation – sponsor of the award. Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Al Kooper.
Michael Braunstein, executive director of the Les Paul Foundation, said: “Following in Les’ footsteps, Pete Townshend personifies both guitar wizardry and technical prowess in both studio and live music performance. He is a true original and a natural choice for the Les Paul Award honour.”