The first recipient of the Denyce Graves Award, Lawrence Brownlee is honored not only for his artistic achievement, but for arts advocacy for equity and justice as well. A statement given by a spokesperson of Graves said:
“He has already left an indelible mark on our industry and in addition, he’s a down-to-earth-, fun, un-tenory, kind of tenor,” a spokesperson read on Graves’ behalf– which was answered with a roar of laughter. “Larry sees his platform and career as tools to use for good, which resonates with me because during the pandemic, artists were made aware, more than ever, that we must contribute to elevate people, raising consciousness, and healing.”
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