The Beatles, Kris Krostofferson among Grammy’s Special Merit Awards recipients

A special invitation-only ceremony will be held the day before the Grammys

The Recording Academy has announced its Special Merit Awards recipients, and this year’s honorees are: the Beatles, Armando Manzanero, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, and Maud Powell as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients; Rick Hall, Jim Marshall and Ennio Morricone as Trustees Award honorees; and Emile Berliner and Lexicon as Technical GRAMMY Award recipients. A special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, January 25th, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26th and broadcast live at 8 pm ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

“It is a great privilege to recognize such an exceptional group of honorees and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the recording industry,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “This astoundingly unique and gifted group have created some of the most distinguished and influential work in our musical history. Their legacies are timeless and legendary, and their creativity will continue to influence and inspire future generations.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, as well as The Academy’s Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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