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'I Might Have Been Queen' (And Other Things I Didn't Mention Before) One Of The Most Honored LGBT Non-Fiction Books Of 2020

'I Might Have Been Queen' (And Other Things I Didn't Mention Before) One Of The Most Honored LGBT Non-Fiction Books Of 2020

Since the 1980's, Brian Edwards - multi-award-winning celebrity talent executive, producer, writer and occasional performer - has worked with many of the biggest names in show business. A brief sampling includes: Donna Summer, Joan Rivers, Cindy Crawford, Susan Sarandon, Melissa Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, Farrah Fawcett, Shirley Jones, Naomi Judd, and Vanessa Williams.

In his latest book, I Might Have Been Queen (And Other Things I Didn't Mention Before), the follow-up to his 2013 multi-award-winning best-seller, Enter Miss Thang, Edwards' insider stories as a pivotal figure in Gay Culture are simultaneously hilarious and inspirational.

Affirming Edwards' stature and literary following, I Might Have Been Queen, also became a national best-seller, ending the year as one of the most honored LGBTQ Non-Fiction books of 2020, including wins for "Best LGBTQ Non-Fiction" and "Best Humor" at the International Book Awards and "Best Entertainment" from the National Indie Excellence Awards.

As a tribute to his work with the legendary Queen of Disco, Edwards was recently portrayed in the smash hit, Tony Award nominated Broadway show Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, which embarked on its' first U.S. national tour in the fall of 2019. In the spring of 2020, a bold new production of Summer featuring a stellar cast and creative team, premiered at the Santander Theatre in Sao Paulo, Brazil to rave reviews, and is scheduled to open again in 2021.

Escaping from the sleepy little town of Covington, Louisiana in 1985, Brian Edwards always felt destined for something extraordinary and headed directly for the bright lights of Hollywood. After a couple of years paying his dues, he landed a job as an executive assistant to legendary five-time Grammy Award winner and undisputed Queen of Disco, Donna Summer. Brian was recently portrayed in the in the smash hit, Tony Award nominated Broadway show Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. In 1995, he moved on as assistant to talent agent Betty Fanning, then Vice-President of Commercials at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills.

After three years at William Morris, Edwards moved into the world of television, as Manager of the Celebrity Talent Department at American Movie Classics (AMC) and WE: Women's Entertainment Networks, and as Talent Executive / Talent Producer for three Emmy Award winning shows (2001's "Reel Models: The First Women of Film", Hosted by: Barbra Streisand - featuring Susan Sarandon, Hilary Swank and Minnie Driver; 2002's "Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel", Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg; 2004's "When I Was a Girl" series narrated by Charlize Theron and Kristin Davis.) Other work includes Talent Executive / Talent Producer for over 30 CMT: Country Music Television specials.

Edwards also produced two highly acclaimed exhibits at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles: Donna Summer: Four Seasons of Love (June 2014 thru April 2015) and Joan Rivers: Can We Talk? (June 2015 thru September 2015)

Also in September of 2015, Edwards served as a judge for the 95th Annual Miss America Pageant - a lifelong dream come true. And during that same week, he also orchestrated Vanessa Williams' triumphant return to the pageant 32 years after she made history as the first black woman to be crowned Miss America.

Later that fall, he made a cameo in the independent feature, Tarnished Notes shot on location in North Carolina, in addition to making numerous appearances at lecture events across the country in support of Enter Miss Thang.

In 2012, Edwards was honored by The International Press Academy in Beverly Hills, CA with the Satellite Award for "Outstanding Contribution to The Field of Entertainment" presented to him by longtime friend Cindy Crawford, becoming only the third recipient of this honor in the academy's history.

He is the recipient of Special Recognition Honors from the Recording Academy for his participation on the 1997 song "Carry On" by Donna Summer, which won the first Grammy ever presented in the category for Best Dance Recording, and for the 2014 audio book "Diary Of A Mad Diva" by Joan Rivers, which won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album. He also co-starred in the Pam Tillis video "I Said a Prayer," which won the CMT Music Award as one of the "Top Ten Videos of 1998."

As an independent celebrity publicist, Edwards' solo campaigns have resulted in a record five stars on the Hollywood Walk-Of-Fame to date: Joan Rivers, Donna Summer, Whoopi Goldberg, Vanessa Williams and Rascal Flatts, with five additional ceremonies currently pending for Trio: Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris; The Judds, Jenifer Lewis, Tanya Tucker and Cindy Crawford.

While continuing his work in Celebrity Client Relations for various networks and select clients, Edwards resides in Los Angeles and supports various charitable organizations including Black Theatre United, God's Love We Deliver and The Joan Rivers Memorial Fund. He is also an active member of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.


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