September 28, 2016

Chicago blues king Buddy Guy has a National Medal of Arts, a Kennedy Center Honors award, a truckload of Grammy and Blues Music Awards and membership in the Rock ’n’ Roll, Louisiana Music and Musicians Halls of Fame. As of Sept. 14, you can add a Fifth Star Award from the City of Chicago to his list of accolades.

The Fifth Star Award recognizes contributions to the Windy City’s arts and culture scene, and it’s been given out for the past three years in ceremonies at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

Guy was one of five honorees at the city’s Fifth Star program. (Its name is a nod to the four stars on Chicago’s flag, with the recipient of the award acting as a ceremonial fifth.)

After all his honors, Guy has perfected the art of looking simultaneously pleased as punch and humbled as pie. But he looked downright beatific from his perch on the pavilion, beaming as blues queen Shemekia Copeland offered a brief biography. Various artists sang their praise on an overhead screen in a vid...

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