Rachelle Friedman, NARM Board of Directors chairman and CEO of J&R Music World, said, Since his first recordings with the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson's influence on the evolution of rock music has been profound. He is undoubtedly one of the most important modern composers, and his work continues to resonate with people all around the world."
Inglewood native Wilson co-founded the Beach Boys in 1961. The group epitomized the California surf sound, and forged more than two dozen top 40 hits. Its later visionary work included the 1966 album Pet Sounds" and single Good Vibrations."
After his split from the band, Wilson created such durable solo works as his self-titled 1988 solo album and 2004's Smile," a rendering of the legendary, scuttled Beach Boys opus.
Other Chairman's Award recipients include Garth Brooks, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, B.B. King and Smokey Robinson.
NARM's 2011 convention runs May 9-12.