Awards Presentation Please join us as the AES presents Special Awards to those who have made outstanding contributions to the Society in such areas of research, scholarship, and publications, as well as other accomplishments that have contributed to the enhancement of our industry.
The Keynote Speaker for the 147th Convention is Grandmaster Flash. Emerging from the South Bronx in the early 1970s, Grandmaster Flash is inarguably one of Hip Hop’s original innovators. In the earliest days of the genre, he manipulated music by placing his fingers on the vinyl, perfected beat looping, and discovered many of the most iconic beats still commonly sampled today. His influence on how music is created has been profound and it’s no surprise that The New York Times calls him Hip Hop’s first virtuoso. The title of his address is “GRANDMASTER FLASH: EVOLUTION OF THE BEAT."