Back when the Long Island Music Hall of Fame was just getting started, we had the idea that we should present awards to Long Island musicians “For Outstanding Contributions to Long Island’s Musical Heritage.” These weren’t intended as full inductions into the Hall, but were instead meant as our public recognition for perhaps more local people we thought should be recognized and celebrated. A few major international artists with strong Long Island cred managed to sneak in there, too. Thus was born the Long Island Sound Award – the LISA.
Since 2004, we presented quite a few of these lovely awards at venues throughout Long Island and even Manhattan’s Lincoln Center. Here’s the list of recipients of this prestigious honor: