Earlier today, The Recording Academy has announced its Special Merit Awards (The Grammys!) recipients and this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees include Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, Queen and Tina Turner.
“This year’s Special Merit Awards recipients are a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, in a press release.
Portnow continued, “These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy”
The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates legendary performers who “have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.”
Tina Turner: The songstress is the original queen of Rock and Roll. She started her musical career in the 1950s. Turner’s albums have have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. Her raw voice as well as her elaborate stage show have caught the eye of the world over the past sixty years.
A special award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in summer 2018.
Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.
Great news eh? And long overdue!