Velvet Underground, Sly Stone, Nina Simone Receiving Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:35:20
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The Velvet Underground, Sly Stone, and Nina Simone are among those will be awarded the Recording Academy's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards. Also receiving the honor will be gospel singer Shirley Caesar, jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, country singer Charley Pride, and Jimmie Rodgers as part of the Grammys' Special Merit Awards.
Neil Portnow, Recording Academy President/CEO, said in a statement, "This year's Special Merit Awards recipients comprise a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history. These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their respective crafts have created a timeless legacy.
The Recording Academy wrote about honoring the Velvet Underground, "Despite a relatively brief lifespan and limited commercial success, the Velvet Underground are now recognized as one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Comprising Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen 'Moe' Tucker, the band was, perhaps, ahead of their time, both visually and sonically. Often dubbed the quintessential proto-punk band, they've continued to be the benchmark for countless modern-rock movements over the past 50 years." Meanwhile, the Academy honored Sly Stone as playing "a critical role in the development of soul, funk, rock, and psychedelia."
Last year, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run-D.M.C. received the same honours.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff