How does North Carolina recognize its greatest songwriters and performers?
A. One way is with the North Carolina Folk Heritage Awards. Since 1990, when the first awards were made, 44 musicians have received this prestigious award. See www.ncarts.org for a full list and biographical information. The North Carolina Awards, our state’s highest civilian honor, has been received by 7 musical or dance artists, including Andy Griffith, Doc Watson, Chuck Davis, James Taylor, Billy Taylor, Etta Baker, and Arthur Smith.