It's a well known fact that many bands and singers that have become larger-than-life-legends never received a Grammy Award during their most impressive and productive years. With the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, the well-known music award has a chance to redeem itself. The likes of metal pioneers Led Zeppelin, blues-rock belter Janis Joplin, country stars The Carter Family, and piano man Jerry Lee Lewis will be recipients of the award one night before this year's telecast Grammy ceremonies on February 13th.
Other musical legends that are to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award will be composer Morton Gould, jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton, C&W hit maker Eddy Arnold, soul singing family The Staple Singers, departed jazz artist Art Blakely, and boogie-woogie Blues musician Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins.
Although they aren't the recognizable faces of music, the recipients of the Trustees Award and Technical Grammy played large and important roles in the world of music. Don Cornelius, creator of 'Soul Train', jazz pianist Dr. Billy Taylor, songwriter Hoagy Carmichael ('Heart and Soul', 'Stardust'), and Blue Note Records founder Alfred Lion will all be honoured with the Trustee Award in Los Angeles next month, with producer Phil Ramone (Billy Joel, Paul Simon) receiving a Technical Grammy.
Said Recording Academy president Neil Portnow of the artists to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award, and Technical Grammy: "These profoundly inspiring figures are being honoured as legendary performers and archetypal musicians, cultural ambassadors and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy that has positively affected multiple generations, and will continue to influence generations to come."
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards are set to air on CBS at 8pm on February 13.
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt