TEC WINNERS: Jackson Browne’s Les Paul Award Highlights NAMM


Jackson Browne was presented with the Les Paul Award at the 33rd annual TEC Awards gala at the NAMM Show in Anaheim.

The honor capped a night of awards for individuals and companies behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and multi-media.

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Jackson Browne was given the Les Paul Award at NAMM- Photo by Jesse Grant for Getty Images

Browne, whose latest song “The Dreamer” focuses on the hopes and and wishes surrounding the sons and daughters of undocumented Mexican immigrants, is a true activist musician.  He has performed with Tom Morello and often plays charity benefits.

Last night, Michael Braunstein, president of the Les Paul Foundation, introduced Jackson before he hit the stage with the evening’s NAMM TEC Hall of Fame inductees, The Section, for a finale that included Jackson’s signature “Running on Empty” single.

“Thank you for this incredible honor,” Browne said. “It means so much to be honored by you because I’ve relied on the kindness of engineers and their knowledge in the studio and equipment my whole life. These people know everything I don’t know but they put their technical expertise at the service of the music – at the service of the song. I am indebted to them and I’m indebted to you all who make the gear.”


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Craig Doerge, Jackson Browne, Leland Sklar and Danny Kortchmar perform onstage at the 33rd Annual TEC Awards – Photo by Jesse Grant, Getty Images

Check out “The Dreamer” by Browne:

Comedian and multi-instrumentalist Demetri Martin hosted the ceremonies. During the evening, Craig Doerge, Browne, Leland Sklar and Danny Kortchmar performed.

In total, winners in the 31 categories were selected from 182 nominees. Title sponsors for the show included Harman (a Samsung Company), The Les Paul Foundation and D’Angelico New York. A full list of sponsors can be found here.

Many of the evening’s winning products and technologies are available at music and pro audio retailers worldwide both online and in stores.

A complete list of Technical and Creative Achievement winners can be found below and here.


Amplification Hardware/studio & Sound Reinforcement

JBL Intonato

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets

iZotope Spire: Multitrack Music Recorder

Audio Education Technology

Sennheiser Pro Talk Series

Computer Audio Hardware

Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII QUAD

DJ Production Technology (Hardware/Software)

Akai Professional MPC Live

Headphone/Earpiece Technology

Sennheiser HD 200 PRO

Large Format Console Technology

Solid State Logic AWS Delta V2

Microphone Preamplifiers

Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Channel

Microphones – Recording

Audio Technica AT5047

 Microphones – Sound Reinforcement

AKG C636

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects

Line 6 Helix LT

Musical Instrument Hardware

Nord Stage 3

Musical Instrument Software

Spectrasonics Keyscape

Production Essentials

PreSonus FaderPort 8

Signal Processing Hardware

QSC Q-SYS Core 510i

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)

Elysia pressor 500

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics / EQ / Utilities)

Universal Audio SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Plugin

Signal Processing Software (Effects)

Soundtoys EchoBoy Jr.

Small Format Console Technology

Solid State Logic Nucleus 2

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers

QSC K.2 Series

Studio Monitors

Genelec 8331 | 8341 The Ones

Wireless Technology

Shure Axient Digitals Wireless System

Workstation Technology/Recording Devices

Avid Pro Tools12.8


Film Sound Production

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Record Production/Album

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Record Production/Single or Track

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Remote Production/Recording or Broadcasting

59th Annual GRAMMY Awards 

Studio Design Project

The Barn

Television Sound Production

Game of Thrones

Tour Event Sound Production

Bruno Mars 24K – Magic World Tour