Photo by Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo BankWednesday, The Recording Academy announced Earth, Wind & Fire, RUN DMC, Celia Cruz, Ruth Brown and Herbie Hancock are among the recipients of its annual Lifetime Achievement Awards. Linda Ronstadt and Jefferson Airplane also made the short list of “those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage,” according to Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.
“This year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees … Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come,” Portnow said.
While some of the honorees this year already won Grammy Awards throughout their illustrious careers, RUN DMC — recognized as the first rap group to be nominated for a Grammy for their 1984 self-titled debut — never have. The late, great pop/R&B pioneer Ruth Brown, and the 1960s psychedelic rock ensemble Jefferson Airplane also met the same fate.
Since 1962, the Recording Academy has honored performers with the special merit awards for their outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. In recent years, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, The Temptations, Carole King, Gil Scott Heron, Ravi Shankar, Buddy Guy, The Bee Gees, Clark Terry and The Isley Brothers have received the awards, among others.
A special ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees is being planned for the spring.
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