PeteTownshend, center, receives Les Paul Award.
Rock icon Pete Townshend picked up an award named after another legendary guitarist Friday night at the 28th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, presented at the Anaheim Hilton in California.
The singer, songwriter, guitarist and member of The Who was given the Les Paul Award at the TEC Awards, which recognize achievement in audio technology and production, acknowledging sound engineers, editors and producers as well as professionals who work in recording, sound and live music.
Townshend's award was presented by film producer and humorist Martin Lewis and Jeff Salmon of the Les Paul Foundation.
Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY