LAS VEGAS, NV—Blues Hall of Famer B.B. King died Thursday, May 14 at the age of 89 in his Las Vegas home.
The musician is mostly remembered for his influence in the music industry from blues to rock n’ roll. During his prime he was even nicknamed the “King of Blues.” He received numerous awards during his lifetime, including being inducted to both the Blues and Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
The Grammys acknowledged King’s large musical influence, rewarding him countless awards and he even won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for the “Thrill is Gone” in 1998.
Though the song was released in 1969 and achieved a Best Male R&B Vocal Performance award in 1971, the Recording Academy recognized the effect of King’s song by granting him the Hall of Fame Award, which signifies a song at least 25 years old has proven to have historical impact. He received a total of 15 Grammy Awards during his career.
CNN reported, King was in hospice care as of two weeks ago. He suffered from Type 2 diabetes and has had several mini strokes, leading to his death. Funeral arrangements for B.B. King are currently being planned.