1990 Award and Induction Ceremony

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David Preston croons a few Smokey Robinson tunes.

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Whitney Houston congratulates 1990 Inductee, Smokey Robinson.

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Executive Director Jules Goldberg, vice President Bobby Weinstein, B.B. King, Board Member Gregory A

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BMI President Frances Preston congratulates Martin Bandier and Charles Koppelman on receiving the Ab

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Dinner Chairman Al Feilich, Maureen McGovern, Merv Griffin, West Coast V.P. Buddy Robbins.

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Merv Griffin was host of the evening.

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Merv Griffin pays tribute to Sammy Cahn

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Jim Croce's son, A.J. receives the Award for his late father from President of ASCAP, Morton Gould.

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Jazz guitarist Larry Carlton pays tribute to B.B. King.

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Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson honor their friend, Edgar Bronfman, Jr., the 1990 Patron of the Art

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Johnny Mercer Award Recipients Jerry bock and Sheldon Harnick, receive platinum records

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New Age Artists Tuck and Patt perform a medley of Koppelman and Bandier tunes.

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Billy Taylor and BB King

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Charles Koppelman, BB King, Frances Preston, Martin Bandier

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Frances Preston, Martin Bandier, Charles Koppelman, Sammy Cahn

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Jules Goldberg, Bobby Weinstein, Sammy Cahn, BB King

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Lena Horne, Whitney Houston

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Maureen McGovern, Merv Griffin

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Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Edgar Bronfman Jr.

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Sammy Cahn, Merv Griffin

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Sammy Cahn, Smokey Robinson, Mayor David Dinkins, Lena Horne

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Smokey Robinson

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Valerie Simpson, Nickolas Ashford

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Whitney Houston, Smokey Robinson

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Whitney Houston

1990 Inductees
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Special Awards
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The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrated its 21st annual Induction and Awards Dinner on Wednesday May 30 at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City.

This year's inductees include Jim Croce (posthumously), Smokey Robinson and Michel Legrand. Special Award recipients include Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (the Jonny Mercer Award), Charles Koppelman and Martin Bandier (the Abe Olman Publisher Award), B.B. King (the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award), Whitney Houston (the Hitmaker Award) and Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (the Patron of the Arts Award). Click on any of the inductee or award recipient names at right to read a biographical profile.

The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond. The NAPM/SHOF is also devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships.