-- The Beatles are among the artists and other music luminaries whom The Recording Academy will honor next month with Special Merit Awards. The Fab Four will be recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a special invite-only event in Los Angeles on January 25, the evening before the 56th annual Grammy Awards ceremony.
Others musicians the Recording Academy will acknowledge for their career contributions include R&B/funk legends The Isley Brothers, country singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson, influential German electronic group Kraftwerk, Zydeco star Clifton Chenier, classical violinist Maud Powell, and Mexican singer/songwriter Armando Manzanero. The Special Merit Awards ceremony also will honor a number of non-performers with Trustee Awards. These include acclaimed rock photographer Jim Marshall, Italian film-score composer Ennio Morricone, and Rick Hall, founder of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama-based recording facility Fame Studios.
"It is a great privilege to recognize such an exceptional group of honorees and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the recording industry," says Recording Academy president Neil Portnow. "This astoundingly unique and gifted group have created some of the most distinguished and influential work in our musical history."
All the Special Merit Awards honorees also will be acknowledged during the Grammys telecast, which CBS will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26.
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