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Founders Award

Alice In Chains — Founders Award

Founders Award — Save the Date, December 1, 2020 @ 5:00pm PCT

December 1 @ 5:30pm PST

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This one-night-only benefit will feature unforgettable performances by Alice in Chains, as well as an acclaimed lineup of guest and youth musicians who will put their own twist on some of the band’s most iconic songs.

For the first time ever, this highly anticipated annual event will be moving from MoPOP’s Sky Church to an online platform where it will be accessible and open for all, giving pop culture lovers across the world an opportunity to connect and become a part of our creative community.

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While this year's Founders Award will stream for free and be open to all, like many arts organizations around the country, MoPOP has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. As a community supported non-profit museum and in-person gathering space, closing our doors was especially difficult.

All proceeds raised through Founders Award will provide relief by allowing us to continue to serve our community, reach young people, and preserve our shared pop culture history during this difficult time.

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Alice In Chains — Founders Award 2020

Our 2020 Honoree

Over the course of their remarkable career, Alice in Chains (vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez and vocalist/guitarist William DuVall) have garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and amassed a diehard international fanbase whose members number in the millions.

Alice In Chains — Founders Award honoree

Their discography features some of the biggest and most important albums in rock history, including 1992’s quadruple-platinum-certified Dirt, 1994’s triple-platinum-certified EP Jar of Flies, which was the first EP in music history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and 1995’s self-titled double-platinum-certified Alice in Chains, which also entered the Billboard Top 200 at No. 1. They returned in grand style in 2009 with the critically acclaimed Black Gives Way to Blue, which hit No. 1 across the rock and alternative charts, earned a Grammy nomination, was certified Gold and hailed by Vice as “a record that’s as powerful as anything the band has done.” The band’s latest album released in 2018, Rainier Fog, hit No. 1 across Billboard’s Rock, Alternative and Hard Music Charts and No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart and earned them a Grammy nod for “Best Rock Album.” Alice in Chains remains one of the most successful and influential American rock bands of all time.


Since 2007, the Museum of Pop Culture Founders Award has celebrated artists whose noteworthy contributions continue to nurture the next generation of risk-takers.


FOUNDERS AWARD COMMITTEE

JODY ALLEN *

HONORARY CHAIR

LESLIE JACKSON CHIHULY

COMMITTEE CHAIR

CHARLIE BILLOW

LEIGH ANNE CLARK

MARK DEDERER

DANA FRANK *

SHELLEY HILF

IAN R. KERRIGAN

MARIA MACKEY

MICHAEL J. MALONE

MIKE MCCONNELL

LIZ MCCONNELL

MICHELLE QUISENBERRY *

AMY SPRANGERS

AMY WINDHAM

* = MoPOP Board Member

PAST HONOREES

Brandi Carlile 2019

John Fogerty 2018

The Doors 2017

Joe Walsh 2016

Jimmy Page 2015

Jackson Browne 2014

Crosby, Stills & Nash 2013

Carlos Santana 2012

Buddy Guy 2011

Billy Cox 2010

Steve Cropper 2009

Robbie Robertson 2008

Ann & Nancy Wilson 2007