National Medal of Arts

Buddy Guy is an internationally renowned blues guitarist, singer, and showman who is considered the master of Chicago-style electric blues. In a career spanning more than 45 years, he has received four Grammy Awards, 19 W.C. Handy Awards, a Billboard Century Award, and has sold more than 2 million albums worldwide. Among his many recordings, Damn Right, I've Got the Blues (1991) and the compilation, The Complete Chess Studio Sessions (1992) demonstrate both his incendiary guitar playing and distinctive vocal style. The Chicago blues king has influenced rock guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Eric Clapton. He is also the proprietor of Buddy Guy's Legends, a blues nightclub in downtown Chicago established in 1989.