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Alice in Chains’ Founders Award ceremony to feature Heart members, Metallica, Eddie Vedder & more

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An all-star lineup of rockers will help honor Alice in Chains when the grunge icons receive the 2020 Founders Award from Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture on December 1.

The virtual ceremony will feature performances from Heart‘s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Metallica, The Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan, Guns N’ RosesDuff McKagan, Nirvana‘s Krist Novoselic, Foo FightersTaylor Hawkins, Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction, Soundgarden‘s Kim Thayil, Korn, Fishbone, ex-Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor and more.

Additionally, Lily Cornell Silver, the daughter of Alice in Chains’ manager Susan Silver and late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, will make her debut musical performance.

A number of guests also will be making special appearances during the event, including Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready and Jeff Ament, Sammy Hagar, Rage Against the Machine‘s Tom Morello, Primus Les Claypool and actor Robert Downey Jr.

The Founders Award recognizes “artists whose noteworthy contributions continue to nurture the next generation of risk-takers.” Among the previous honorees are the Wilson sisters, Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Fogerty, The Doors, Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, The Band‘s Robbie Robertson, and Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Billy Cox.

“It feels truly special to receive the MoPOP Founders Award in our hometown of Seattle,” says Alice in Chains guitarist/singer Jerry Cantrell. “It’s also humbling to be joined by so many of our friends, peers, and heroes to rock some AiC tunes.”

The 2020 Founders Award ceremony will be held December 1 at 9 p.m. ET, and will stream via Amazon Music’s Twitch channel. For more info, visit MoPOP.org/FoundersAward.

By Josh Johnson
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