Award-winning vocalist Brenda Lee will be presented with yet another honor this week –this one the Casino Entertainment Legend Award at the fourth annual Casino Entertainment Awards (CEA) on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, inside the Vinyl showroom at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Wednesday’s presentation to Lee will make her the first woman entertainer to win the coveted award–following in the steps of fellow performing icons such as legendary comedian Jerry Lewis and Las Vegas showman Wayne Newton.It’s a fitting tribute for the diminutive Lee who in 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of first hitting a stage in Las Vegas at the age of 12.
She in fact celebrated her 12th birthday while performing at The Flamingo Hotel in December 1956 –a co-billing with the Ink Spots. Too young by law to actually be allowed inside the casino gaming area, the tiny phemon had to have security guards walk her thru to the showroom each night for her performance.
Sponsored by the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) and the American Gaming Association (AGA), the Casino Entertainment Awards are the only awards exclusively honoring outstanding artists, executive and venues in the casino entertainment industry. The Casino Entertainment Legend Awards recognize lifetime achievement in the casino entertainment industry.
With more than 100 million units of her music sold globally, Brenda Lee has been a superstar since childhood, releasing her first single when she was 11-years old, sharing the stage with Elvis Presley at 12, and having The Beatles open for her European tour before she turned 20. Her classic hits include “I’m Sorry” (which sold over 20 million copies), “Break It To Me Gently,” “All Alone Am I,” “Losing You,” “Emotions” and “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” a holiday standard for more than 50 years. She is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Lee has also had the honor of being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to honor her body of work as a recording artist.
Brenda recalls with fondness those who paved her path to stardom–and to this week’s honor in Vegas. She noted today in an interview: “My career had the blessing of being touched by real genuis in those that surrounded me. The recording side was covered by the legendary Owen Bradley who produced all my hits. While we were having success on the charts, I had a stage show created by Richard Barstow–the New York choreographer/show producer who had created shows for the top attractions of the day such as Judy Garland and the Ringling Brothers mainstage. Overseeing all, I had a true visionary for my manager–Dub Allbritten–who took me to Europe for concert dates in all the top venues while we were having the hits in America. These three wonderfully gifted men created a bridge for me from child star to a career that endured–something I am forever grateful for.”
Following her whirlwind honors in Las Vegas this week, Brenda fans will have yet another opportunity to catch her in Vegas this year–this time on December 5 when she headlines at The Golden Nugget Casino.