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AFTRA taps trio for Excellence Awards

AMEES to be presented Feb. 6

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has tapped Pete Fornatale, Phylicia Rashad and Rosanne Cash as recipients of the AFTRA Foundation’s AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence Awards.

The kudos — known as the AMEES — will be presented at a gala Feb. 6 at The Plaza Hotel in New York.

“Pete, Phylicia and Rosanne have each made significant contributions to their fields and continue to do so with integrity, a commitment to excellence and admiration for their audiences and colleagues,” said Shelby Scott, AFTRA Foundation President and former AFTRA president.

Fornatale has been an AFTRA member since 1970 as a disc jockey and rock historian. He’s the author of “Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock,” “Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends” and “All You Need Is Love: And 99 Other Life Lessons from Classic Rock Songs.”

Rashad joined AFTRA in 1970 and made her Broadway debut in the 1975 musical “The Wiz.” In 2004, Rashad became the first African-American actress to win the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Cash has recorded 14 albums and has had 11 number one singles over the past 30 years. She’s the daughter of Johnny Cash and his first wife Vivian Liberto. Cash joined AFTRA in 1974.

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