Christopher Victorio/WireImage for Kaaboo Del Mar via imageSPACEAerosmith guitarist Joe Perry will be presented with the Les Paul Award at the 32nd annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards, scheduled to take place on January 21 in Anaheim, California. The honor, named after the late electric-guitar and audio pioneer, recognizes people who have had a significant impact on the world of audio production and technology.

“Anytime my name is mentioned in the same sentence as Les Paul, it’s a huge honor,” says Perry in a statement. “Getting an award bearing his name is the icing on the cake.”

Adds Michael K. Braunstein, executive director of the Les Paul Foundation, “Joe Perry was a friend of Les Paul’s and is undoubtedly one of the most innovative and talented musicians of our time. His ability to push boundaries of the electric guitar with his signature sound and deft playing ability embodies the true spirit of what Les Paul and the award given in his name stands for.”

In addition to being on hand to accept the honor, Perry will perform at the ceremony. Also during the event, frequent Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame. The TEC Awards will be held during the third day of the popular music-equipment trade show, The NAMM Show. The awards recognize “outstanding achievement in audio technology and production.”

Among the 2017 nominees for awards in the Outstanding Creative Achievement categories are Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Keith Richards, Prince, Sting and Peter Gabriel.

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