Larry LeBlanc Cast as Backstage Interviewer at 2022 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala

NEW YORK CITY (CelebrityAccess) — The 51st Annual Songwriters Induction and Awards Gala will take place Thursday, June 16 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. The 2022 date, originally set for June 10, 2020, will induct previously announced songwriters.

Larry LeBlanc, CelebrityAccess’ lead writer for the Influential Profiles series, “In the Hot Seat,” has been selected to be the backstage interviewer at the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in June. LeBlanc will follow in the footsteps of his good friend and colleague, Jim Besman.

Bessman, a beloved music journalist, freelanced for Billboard for nearly 20 years. For the two decades before his death, he worked with the Songwriters Hall of Fame, doing archival backstage interviews for the annual gala and writing the event afterwards. He died of an aneurysm in June 2021 at age 68. LeBlanc was chosen to fill those big shoes.

LeBlanc is recognized as one of the world’s leading music industry journalists. He was the Canadian publisher of World record (1970-1980), co-founder of the defunct Canadian music business, The record (1981-1991), and was head of the Canadian office of Billboard magazine (1991-2007).

His signature has appeared in over a thousand publications, including Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, the Globe & Mail and MacLean’s. He has been widely quoted on music issues in hundreds of publications, including Time, Forbes, The Times (London) and The New York Times. Adding the author’s pen to his hat, he co-wrote the 2010 book “Music From Far and Wide: Celebrating 40 Years of the Juno Awards” and is a lifetime member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. More recently, he received the 2013 Walt Grealist Special Achievement Award, recognizing individuals who have had an impact on the Canadian music industry.

I think Jim Bessman ❤️ would be happy to see the torch passed to his good friend, Larry LeBlanc, who shares Jim’s immense knowledge and love of songwriters!! 🎼🎵🎶 – Linda Moran, President and CEO-Songwriters Hall of Fame

The 2022 inductees are Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox / Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Ernie Isley / Marvin Isley / O’Kelly Isley / Ronald Isley / Rudolph Isley / Chris Jasper (The Isley Brothers), Steve Miller, Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo (The Neptunes), Rick Kwismas and William “Mickey” Stevenson. Also, master songwriter Paul Williams will receive the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award and President and CEO of Universal Music Publishing (UMG) Jody Gerson will receive the Abe Olman Publisher Award.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates and honors the contributions of songwriters across all genres of music, educates the public about their accomplishments, and produces an array of professional programs dedicated to developing and nurturing new music talent. songwriting through songwriting forums, scholarships, initiatives, and Master Sessions on both coasts. Previous inductees include Neil Diamond, Lionel Richie, Jon Bon Jovi / Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Jay-Z, Tom Petty, Toby Keith, John Prine, Missy Elliott, Stevie Wonder, Cyndi Lauper, and Bob Dylanamong many others.

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