One week after the Super Bowl on February 10 the entertainment world gathers for the biggest night in music, the annual Grammy Award presentations with the 61st Grammy Awards.
Along with the awards for musical merit over the past year, the Recording Academy is presenting a number of Lifetime Achievement Awards for recognition of a lifetime of outstanding artistic contributions.
“Each year, the Recording Academy has the distinct privilege of celebrating music industry giants who have greatly contributed to our cultural heritage. 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,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.
Leading the list of recipients is the British heavy rock band Black Sabbath.
“Speaking on the iconic rockers, the Recording Academy said, “from their power riffs to their dark, gothic imagery Black Sabbath arguably invented the heavy metal signposts and influenced every heavy rock band that followed.
Also on the list of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners are George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, and Dionne Warwick.
The Lifetime Achievement recipients will receive their awards in a special ceremony in May 11.