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George Harrison and the Bee Gees will receive the Recording Academy’s ® Lifetime Achievement award at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in February.
The same honour will go to blues guitarist Buddy Guy, French composer Pierre Boulez, Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jiménez, country music duo the Louvin Brothers, and saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter.
The Trustees Award will go to producer Richard Perry, songwriters Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein.
Kurzweil Music Systems founder, Ray Kurzweil, will receive the Technical GRAMMY® Award.
The Lifetime Achievement Award honours performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognises outstanding contributions in areas other than performance. The awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees.
The Technical GRAMMY Award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. This is determined by vote of The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing® Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, as well as The Academy’s Trustees.
These Special Merit Awards will be presented at an invitation-only ceremony held during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, February 7, 2015. There will also be a formal acknowledgment made during the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast the following evening.
Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said:
This year we pay tribute to exceptional creators who have made prolific contributions to our culture and history. It is an honor and a privilege to recognize such a diverse group of talented trailblazers, whose incomparable bodies of work and timeless legacies will continue to be celebrated for generations to come.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced that the 2015 inductees will be Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Ringo Starr will receive the Award For Musical Excellence and the “5” Royales will receive the Early Influence Award.
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Millie Kirkham, who featured as a backing singer on many classic recordings by artists such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Jim Reeves, has died aged 91. The singer suffered a stroke last week and had been in intensive care for days before passing away on Sunday (Dec 14th) at a hospital in Nashville.
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The New Releases page has been updated to include this month’s music CD, DVD and Blu-ray releases from classic artists.
Highlights for December include:
- Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie’s “December Day – Willie’s Stash Vol. 1″ (2 Dec)
- “Leonard Cohen – Live in Dublin” in multiple editions (2 Dec)
- Shirley Bassey’s “Hello Like Before” in standard and deluxe editions (2 Dec)
- AC/DC’s new studio album “Rock or Bust” (2 Dec)
- “Sinatra – Live in London” 3 CD/DVD box set (9 Dec)
- Supertramp’s “Crime of The Century – 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” (9 Dec)
- “The Rolling Stones – From the Vault: L.A. Forum” 3 LP/DVD edition (9 Dec)
- “Blondie” 6 LP vinyl box set (9 Dec)
- “The Kinks – The Anthology 1964-1971″ 5 CD box set (15 Dec)
- “Cream: 1966-1972″ 7 LP box set (15 Dec).
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The great Sam Cooke died 50 years ago today aged 33. The reason that the soul legend was shot will probably never be known with certainty, but the magnificence of his voice and charm of his recordings are in no doubt.
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