Awards and Honors

Over the years, Al Bell has received a vast body of honors and awards:

  • Listed in Who’s Who in Black America and Who’s Who in the World.
  • Honored by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the Top 100 Black Owned Businesses (#2) for Stax.
  • Top 100 Most Influential Black Men by Ebony Magazine
  • The Most Successful Black Men in the World, by Ebony Magazine
  • The National Award of Achievement from the U.S. Department of Commerce,
  • Achievement Award from the Boy Scouts of America
  • Alex Haley Roots Award from the Greater Washington, DC Business Center.
  • W.C. Handy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.
  • Two Honorary Doctorates (PhDs) from Philander Smith College in 1972 and 2011.
  • In 2011, Bell received the highest honor the music industry bestows, The NARAS ( National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) Grammy Trustees Award for making industry-changing contributions in music.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Blacks in Higher Education
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Accountants.
  • The University of Arkansas – VERITATE DUCE PROGREDI (“To advance with truth as our Leader”)
  • Arkansas’ Maumelle High School honored Mr. Bell by creating an Al Bell Award of Excellence presented annually to a deserving Maumelle High School band student. This joins the school’s John Phillips Sousa, Louis Armstrong, and Semper Fidelis Awards.
  • Inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, in which honorees are considered ‘luminaries of Memphis’ rich musical legacy.’ Bell joins inductees including B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Same Phillips, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf and other world-changing musicians, bringing the total number of inductees to forty-seven.
  • Inducted into the prestigious Arkansas Business Hall of Fame, an award also bestowed on Sam M. Walton (founder of Wal-Mart), Don J. Tyson, (Tyson Foods, Inc.), Jackson T. Stephens (Chairman of Stephens, Inc.), and ‘Jerry’ Jones (president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys Football Club, Inc.). Through this honor, Mr. Bell joins an
    exceptional list of inductees who have been recognized to be among the best in Arkansas business for their outstanding achievements and their impact on the future business leaders in Arkansas and around the world.
  • Inducted into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in Clarksdale, MS, with a subsequent induction ceremony held on October 4th in Detroit, MI. This honor was in recognition of Mr. Bell’s historical contribution, impact, and overall influence on Rhythm & Blues around the world as determined by the BMHOF Committee.
  • Induction into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame which showcases the careers of The Natural State’s sons and daughters who have made their marks in the entertainment world. Mr. Bell is again in the company of greats. Here are a few of those that were honored in the first induction ceremony held in 1996 – Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Al Green, Art Porter, Sr.