the handys name change
Thu Apr 12 18:57:18 EDT 2007
It has to done with name recognition.
My understanding is that the name was changed because strange as it may seem
outside of the blues community very few people recognized the name "Handy
Awards" as being associated with W C Handy. The usual response to the
phrase "Handy Award" was "What's that?"
The rationale was that changing the name to Blues Music Award will instantly
communicate to the general public just what the award is for. Sort of like
the deal with the Country Music Awards-everybody instantly knows what they
I'm with you on this one, though. I still refer to the event as the Handy
Awards and probably will for the foreseeable future.
>From: Candye Kane
>I was wondering if someone could explain to me why the handys name was
>changed to the BFA? There are the Tonys, the Emmys, The Grammies and.....
>the Blues foundation awards? were they sued by the handy estate to have to
>change the name? If not, I wonder why they changed it? I still refer to
>them as the handys as do many of my colleagues. I think its cool to have an
>award named after the grandfather of the blues.
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