The late Jimmy Little AO has been announced as a recipient for the JC Williamson Award to be presented at the Helpmann Awards in September.
Jimmy was farewelled today in a State Memorial Service at the Sydney Opera House. Flags were lowered to half-mast on the Sydney Harbour Bridge as Jimmy was farewelled.
The NSW Premier The Hon. Barry O’Farrell chose this day of honor for the great Jimmy Little to make the announcement.
Andrew Kay, President of Live Performance Australia said in a statement, “Jimmy was delighted to be advised by the LPA earlier this year that he had been chosen as one of the 2012 recipients for this prestigious industry Award. While we are saddened that Jimmy is no longer with us to accept his Award, I know everyone in the industry will welcome the opportunity to recognize Jimmy’s tremendous contribution at the formal ceremony to be held in Sydney on September 24th.”
LPA Chief Executive Everlyn Richardson said, “Since the inception of the JC Williamson AwardsTM in 1998 Live Performance Australia has recognised 27 of the most distinguished members of Australia’s live entertainment industry for their extraordinary contribution to our industry. Past winners include such iconic figures as Dame Joan Sutherland OM AC DBE, Barry Humphries AO CBE, Michael Gudinski AM, John Farnham AO and Graeme Murphy AM to name but a few. Jimmy joins the ranks of a group of individuals who in their own way, and in their own field, have made extraordinary contributions to shaping and changing the landscape of our dynamic live entertainment industry.”
The 2012 Helpmann Awards will be held at the Sydney Opera House on September 24.