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The Recording Academy to Honor Nina Simone, Shirley Caesar with Lifetime Achievement Awards


ABC/Fred WatkinsJazz-soul singer Nina Simone and gospel star Shirley Caesar are among the artists who will honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards next year by the Recording Academy.

The honorees will be paid tribute to at the second annual “A Grammy Salute to Music Legends” event, which will be held in early January.

Sly Stone, jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, country artists Charley Pride and Jimmie Rodgers and rock band the Velvet Underground also will receive 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Academy.

The awards are presented to performing musicians “who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.”

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said of the honorees, “Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their respective crafts have created a timeless legacy.”

In conjunction with the 2017 Special Merit Awards, a special hardcover book will be published that will compile tributes to next year’s honorees written by such celebrities as Clapton, Queen guitarist Brian MayPatti SmithElvis CostelloRed Hot Chili Peppers bassist FleaWhoopi Goldberg and others. 

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