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Sheila Kay Adams performs in front of the banquet guests.

Sheila Kay Adams performs a ballad for guests at the banquet. At the ceremony earlier that evening, NEA Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa said, "A seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and musician, Sheila Kay Adams is a carrier of unbroken oral and musical traditions of the Sodom Laurel community in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. She is an artist who has reached audiences through live performance, film, recordings, and literary publications."