Miami, FL: Legendary record executive Henry Stone, founder of TK Records, received the International Dance Music, Lifetime Achievement Award during the 20th Annual Winter Music Conference at the Wyndham Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, on Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 8:00pm.
Stone received the award for his 50-plus years as a record producer, distributor, label owner and innovator in the dance music industry. During his career, Stone has worked with numerous music greats including James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam and Dave and many more, and launched the careers of the record breaking dance music act, KC And The Sunshine Band.
In 2004 Stone received the first ever Dance Music Pioneer Award at ceremonies in New York.
The Winter Music Conference, in its 20th anniversary year, is regarded as the singular networking event in the dance music industry, attracting professionals from over 60 different countries. Every aspect of the industry is represented including the top technological innovators, artists, DJs, producers, radio and video programmers, retailers, distributors, audio manufacturers and many more.
The International Dance Music Awards was established by the Winter Music Conference and is the premier awards show for the international dance music industry.
For more information on the Winter Music Conference and the International Dance Music Awards, visit www.wmcon.com.
BY EVELYN McDONNELL
Miami Herald News – excerpt
They may not be as hip as they once were, but European trance and techno DJs were the big winners at last night’s International Dance Music Awards, hosted by the Winter Music Conference poolside at the Wyndham Miami Beach Resort….
A lifetime achievement award went to Miami’s Henry Stone, founder of such seminal ’70s soul and dance companies as Tone Distributors and TK Records, home to K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Timmy Thomas, and Betty Wright. Stone received a standing ovation.
”After 55 years of hard work in the music business, it’s a wonderful honor,” Stone said before the show. “Something I really believed in was dance music. I feel like Miami never got recognition.”
The awards are voted on by members of the dance music industry.