The Lifetime Achievement Award honorees include Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, and the Velvet Underground.
Best known for her eight-year tenure with the Chicago-based gospel group the Caravans, gospel singer Shirley Caesar is slated to receive the Recording Academy’s 2017 Special Merit Award.
Caesar, who has received 11 Grammy Awards, 14 Stellar awards, 15 Dove awards, a NAACP Image Award, a Soul Train Music Award, and just earned two Grammy nominations joins Ahmad Jamal, Nina Simone, Sly Stone as recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, which celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.
“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,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “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.”
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the Grammy Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs.