Spencer Grant/Getty ImagesSly and the Family Stone frontman Sly Stone and influential Lou Reed-frontedband The Velvet Underground are among the artists the Recording Academy will present with Lifetime Achievement Awards next year in conjunction with the organization’s annual Special Merit Awards.
The honorees will be paid tribute to at the second annual “A Grammy Salute to Music Legends” event, which will be held in early January.
Other artists who will receive 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Recording Academy include jazz-soul great Nina Simone, powerhouse gospel singer Shirley Caesar, jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal and country legends Charley Pride and Jimmie Rodgers. The awards are presented to performing musicians “who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.”
The event also will feature the presentation of Trustees Awards to non-performers who have made their mark on the music industry. The 2017 honorees are producer/songwriter Thom Bell, considered one of the architects of the Philadelphia Soul sound; record executive Mo Ostin, who has helped guide the careers of Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Prince and others; and pioneering record exec and music publisher Ralph S. Peer.
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said of the honorees, “Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their respective crafts have created a timeless legacy.”
In conjunction with the 2017 Special Merit Awards, a special hardcover book will be published that will compile tributes to next year’s honorees written by such celebrities as Clapton, Carly Simon, Queen guitarist Brian May, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Whoopi Goldberg, Dolly Parton and others.
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