The Recording Academy™ announced
today its Special Merit Awards recipients. This year’s Lifetime
Achievement Award honorees are Black Sabbath, George Clinton &
Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias,
Sam & Dave, and Dionne Warwick. Lou Adler, Ashford & Simpson,
and Johnny Mandel are Trustees Award honorees; and Saul Walker is the
Technical GRAMMY® Award recipient. A special award presentation ceremony
and concert celebrating the honorees will be held on May 11, 2019, in
Los Angeles. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced
in the coming weeks.
year, the Recording Academy has the distinct privilege of celebrating
music industry giants who have greatly contributed to our cultural
heritage,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy.
“This year, we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees and their
exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue
to influence and inspire generations to come.”
Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates performers who have made
outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of
recording, while the Trustees Award honors such contributions in areas
other than performance. The Recording Academy’s National
Board of Trustees determines the honorees of both awards. Technical
GRAMMY Award recipients are voted on by the Academy’s Producers &
Engineers Wing®Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, and are ratified
by the Academy’s Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and
companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical
significance to the recording industry.
their power riffs to their dark, gothic imagery, Black Sabbath arguably
invented the heavy metal signposts and influenced every heavy rock band
the most sampled acts of the funk/R&B era, George Clinton &
Parliament-Funkadelic’s spacey and masterfully played funk has laid the
foundation for countless hip-hop hits.
Billy Eckstine* helped break ground for African-American artists in the
’40s and ’50s as a distinctive jazz singer and bandleader who crossed
over to an equally dazzling career in pop.
Hathaway* was a versatile soul stylist who built his legend singing
both urban protest songs as well as smooth, signature duets with the
likes of Roberta Flack, despite his far-too-short career.
the most successful Latin crossover artist of his time, Julio Iglesias
became an enduring star on the world stage and Latin music’s most
popular ambassador of his era.
duo Sam & Dave (Sam Moore and Dave Prater*) were one of the primary
chart stars at the Stax and Atlantic labels in the ’60s, bringing the
passion of gospel to their wailing soul sides.
the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David in the ’60s, and then scoring
hits that bridged pop and R&B in the ’70s and ’80s, Dionne Warwick
has carved out a unique and stellar career among pop/soul singers.
the Monterey Pop Festival to L.A.’s iconic Roxy Theatre to the careers
of the Mamas And The Papas, Carole King, and Cheech & Chong, among
others, Lou Adler is one of music’s most noted impresarios.
Ashford* and Valerie Simpson were among the elite songwriting teams at
Motown Records, penning modern classics such as “Ain’t No Mountain High
Enough” and “You’re All I Need To Get By.”
versatile composer, arranger, and jazz musician, Johnny Mandel’s
credits include playing in the bands of Jimmy Dorsey and Count Basie and
composing immortal movie and television music such as the M*A*S*H theme
“Suicide Is Painless.”
Walker* was a career-long audio innovator, teacher, and mentor. From
his early work in rocket telemetry to founding API in 1969, his designs
continue to influence the music recording industry.
For more information about the Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.
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