SRV – Awards

Stevie received a lot of awards and recognitions during and after his career. At the moment, I do not have a comprehensive list I can post here. It’s all in chronological order throughout Stevie Ray Vaughan: Day by Day, Night After Night up until 2010. The last time I published it as a separate list was in The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan which covered through 1999. The list below supplements that list through 2015.

Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted April 18, 2015.

Live at Montreux – video certified both gold and platinum November 10, 2005.

The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan CD certified gold Feb. 5, 2005; the first sales certification since 2001, and 32nd RIAA certification for SRV overall.

Guitar One Magazine (2/04)- SRV’s “Little Wing” named best rock guitar solo of all time.

Guitar World Magazine – SRV has been voted into their Hall of Fame in Jan. 2004.

Fender Custom Shop Tribute Guitar – In 2004-2005 (Stevie’s and the Stratocaster’s 50th birthdays) one hundred replicas of Number One were made by the world famous luthiers. See the SRV Strat page of this site for more info.

SRV Sales Figures – Through August 25, 2003, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble had racked up sales of 14 million units, according to the RIAA website. Some comparisons: John Lennon half a million less; Cher and Duran Duran, 2.5 million less; Jethro Tull and Steely Dan, 3 million less; Stevie Nicks and Van Morrison, 4 million less. Some of the artists with more sales than SRV: Bonnie Raitt (17 million), Jimi Hendrix (20 million), ZZ Top (25 million), Eric Clapton (38.5 million), and The Beatles way out front at 164.5 million. Stevie and DT’s sales apparently put them at number 152 of all time.  Update: For some reason, the numbers have been significantly revised, SRV now showing only 11.5 million units sold through May 2006. Where did those other millions go? 

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Stevie has been chosen as one of only twelve blues artists of all time to have an individual CD of his material released in conjunction with this PBS project. Stevie’s “Pride and Joy” is also included as one of only 21 songs on the Best of the Blues CD. (2003)

In the Beginning Certified Gold: The live CD, released in 1992, was certified gold by R.I.A.A. on October 17, 2001.

SRV Videos Certified Multi-Platinum – Both Live at the El Mocambo and Live From Austin were certified on April 4, 2001, as double-platinum.

SRV the boxed set was certified gold (125,000 in sales) on January 12, 2001.

Billboard Chart News: As of late December 2000, Stevie and  Double Trouble had three releases in the top 12 on the  Billboard blues chart: SRV (the box set), The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Vol. 2, and Blues At Sunrise. Eric Clapton and BB King’s Riding with the King has had a solid grip on the number one spot for 27 weeks, keeping SRV at number two.

SRV Elected to Blues Hall of Fame!! Stevie was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in a presentation in Washington DC on February 22, 2000. He is one of only 79 performers to be inducted into the HOF.

19th Annual Austin Music Awards: In March 2000, Stevie Ray, Double Trouble, and Storyville cleaned up in the “Decade Awards” for the 1990’s! Of twelve Decade awards, the guys took NINE! Stevie also came in fifth in a tenth category as a write-in candidate. The wins: Stevie Ray Vaughan- MUSICIAN OF THE DECADE; “Crossfire” – SINGLE OF THE DECADE and SONG OF THE DECADE; The Sky is Crying – ALBUM OF THE DECADE; Chris Layton – DRUMMER OF THE DECADE; Tommy Shannon – BASSIST OF THE DECADE; Storyville – BAND OF THE DECADE and BEST NEW BAND; Malford Milligan of Storyville – MALE VOCALIST OF THE DECADE.

Handy Awards: The In Session CD featuring Albert King and Stevie won W.C.Handy Awards in both categories in which it was nominated, Blues Album of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. Chris Layton won Blues Instrumentalist-Drums! Congratulations, Chris! The awards were presented May 25 in Memphis, and Layton accepted on behalf of Stevie.

The Stevie Ray Vaughan Award: Eric Clapton was honored with Musicians’ Assistance Program’s first Stevie Ray Vaughan Award on November 2, 1999. The award, presented at the Universal Hilton in Universal City, Calif., was presented by Bonnie Raitt, and was created to honor the memory of Vaughan and to recognize outstanding musicians who give something back to the community.  M.A.P. is a non-profit organization that helps musicians with their health bills and drug rehabilitation and treatment. Jimmie Vaughan, Eric, Bonnie and Dr. John performed at the event. David Crosby won the award in 2000, Bonnie Raitt in 2001, Ivan Neville in 2002, Steven Tyler in 2003, Dave Navarro in 2004, James Hetfield 2006, Chris Cornell named recipient in 2007, to be awarded in May 2008. I have not kept track since then.

Guitarists of the Millenium Poll: Guitar World magaine’s readers’ poll ranks Stevie Ray as 2nd-best guitarist of the millennium behind Jimi Hendrix (March ’00 issue). Guitarist magazine’s (England) top guitarists of the millenium poll ranks Stevie fourth behind Hendrix, Clapton and Page. Not bad company!

Another memorial honor: The auditorium at Greiner Arts Academy in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas has been named the Stevie Ray Vaughan Performance Hall. It is the Greiner arts students who received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarships that were awarded until 2019.