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Smithsonian honors Cash, 9 others for ‘Ingenuity’

October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Rosanne Cash and the founder of virtual reality firm Oculus are being honored with American Ingenuity Awards at the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. museum complex, along with 8 other scientists and scholars for their groundbreaking work.

Smithsonian magazine is awarding the prizes Thursday night to 10 innovators in art, science and culture. The magazine polls Smithsonian museum directors and curators to find innovators impacting their fields.

Cash will receive the performing arts award for her 2014 album “The River & The Thread” that was inspired by a series of trips to the Deep South, not to mention her 11 No. 1 country singles.

Oculus VR Inc. founder Palmer Luckey will receive the youth award. He was 16 when he began inventing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for consumers. Facebook acquired Oculus in March for $2 billion.

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American Ingenuity Awards: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ ingenuity

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