The Pensado Awards organizers have announced additional co-hosts for the ceremony, as well as three live performers who will contribute their unique talents. This year’s festivities will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Sony Pictures Studios.
Newly announced co-hosts include acclaimed singer/songwriter, actress and fashion designer Taryn Manning (electronic duo Boomkat, 8 Mile, Orange Is the New Black) and drummer Samantha Maloney (Hole, Mötley Crüe, Peaches). These two women join the following previously announced co-hosts: producer/engineer Chris Lord-Alge (Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day), recording/mix engineer MixedByAli (Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Robin Thicke) and mastering engineer Gavin Lurssen (Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow, T-Bone Burnett).
The musical theme of the evening will be “Celebrate the Guitar;” underscoring that theme will be three live performers throughout the ceremony: Phil X (Triumph, Bon Jovi) on electric guitar, Michael “Fish” Herring (Prince, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera) on acoustic guitar and Ethan Farmer (Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake) on bass guitar.
Created by Herb Trawick and Dave Pensado of Penwick Media (the producers of Pensado's Place and other audio-related media), the Pensado Awards were founded as a means of acknowledging talented music producers, engineers, mixers and their work, serving as a grand opportunity for the best pros, amateurs, brands and press to come together as one community to celebrate the uncelebrated. The awards will be held outdoors in Calley Park in the middle of the Sony Pictures Studios lot. A VIP reception will be held on the complex’s Main Street area, and an after party will take place in the Sony Commissary, which is connected to the park.
Tickets for the live ceremony are available for $50.00 here.
A complete list of award categories can be found here. An extensive list of sponsors, as well as a full roster of categories, nominees and co-hosts, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Pensado, stated, “We have an amazingly talented and diverse group of co-hosts and performers lined up for this year’s awards. We welcome Taryn, Samantha, Phil, Fish and Ethan on board, and we can’t wait to see what they contribute to our biggest awards yet.”
For more information, visit pensadoawards.com.