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HOK Awards





What is Heart of the King? What are the Heart of the King Awards? It’s about heart. It’s about a legend. It’s about the King of Rock and Roll.


Elvis Presley left a legacy unmatched by any other musician in history. His life, his memory, his music is celebrated across the country and across the world by dedicated and talented artists who pay him tribute.


These are the men (and women), adults and children, we know as Elvis Tribute Artists.


The HEART OF THE KING AWARDS were established by the producers of the Las Vegas Elvis Fest to honor a select few Elvis Tribute Artists that professionally and tastefully represent the life and legacy of Elvis Presley. We especially honor  performers that demonstrate, on stage, off stage and in their daily lives, a respectful tribute and genuinely put the Heart of the King into every performance. The Concert portion of the event will give the award recipients a chance to showcase their talent for  all of us to enjoy. Over the course of the next several years we plan to develop a process by which concert and event producers, you the Elvis fans, and the Tribute Artists themselves can nominate and select the annual Heart of the King Award recipients. Our goal is for the Heart of the King Awards to become an annual “Oscar Ceremony” for the Elvis Tribute world.


 Dwight Icenhower and Bill Cherry 2011 Heart of the King award recipients

2019 Heart of the King Awardees:

2019 Heart of the King Awards
Jay Dupuis
Ben Thompson
Mark Anthony

2019 Heart of the King, Horizon Awards
Cote Deonath
Taylor Rodriguez

2019 Heart of the King, Lifetime Achievement Awards
Irv Cass
Robert Washington

An Honorary Heart of the King Award will be presented to

“Party” Artie Dadyan (posthumous)

Previous Heart of the King Award Recipients:

Shawn Klush (2011)

Brandon Bennett (2011)

Bill Cherry (2011)

Trent Carlini (2011)

Dwight Icenhower (2011)

Ben Portsmouth (2013)

Justin Shandor (2013)

Dean Z (2014)

Ted Torres (2014)

Horizon Award for best new ETA Recipients:

Cody Slaughter (2011)

Tyler Hunter (2013)

Travis Powell (2014)

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

Rick Saucedo (2011)

Doug Church (2013)

Garry Wesley (2013)

Johnny Harra (Posthumous) (2013)

Johnny Spence (Posthumous) (2013)

Orion (Posthumous) (2014)

Terry Collins (2018)

Producers Award Recipients:

Johnny Stuart (2013)

Edward “Doc” Franklin (Posthumous) (2013)

Sondra Kay Lipps (2014)