Beatles, Isleys, Kraftwerk & Kristofferson to Receive GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Awards
By Brian Ives
This morning, the Recording Academy announced that the Beatles, the Isley Brothers and Kris Kristofferson would be among the recipients of this year’s GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Awards. Also getting the honor: German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, New Orleans zydeco legend Clifton Chenier, Mexican composer Armando Manzanero and American violinist, Maud Powell.
It’s looking to be a big GRAMMY week for the Fab Four; the night after the GRAMMYs, The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles will be pre-recorded for broadcast February 9, which is exactly 50 years to the day from their first ever appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Most notably, Paul McCartney is nominated this year for Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack,” his collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana: Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear.
The Lifetime Achievement Award “honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording” and serves as a hall of fame of sorts, covering all genres of music. Past honorees include the Allman Brothers Band, Ravi Shankar, Diana Ross and Loretta Lynn.
Also being recognized this year: composer Ennio Morricone, rock photographer Jim Marshall and Rick Hall, the owner of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, will all be presented with the Trustees Award. The Trustees Award honors non-performers who have made significant contributions to music.
These awards will be presented the day before the GRAMMYs (January 25), and according to a press release, “a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast.”
The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air Sunday, January 26, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.