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Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award

This Special Merit, The Lifetime Achievement Award, is presented by vote of the Recording Academy's National Trustees to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. (Through 1972, recipients included non-performers.) 

Past Recipients

Roy Acuff
Awarded: 1987
Allman Brothers Band, The
Awarded: 2012
Marian Anderson
Awarded: 1991
Julie Andrews
Awarded: 2011
Louis Armstrong
Awarded: 1972
Eddy Arnold
Awarded: 2005
Fred Astaire
Awarded: 1989
Chet Atkins
Awarded: 1993
Gene Autry
Awarded: 2009
Burt Bacharach
Awarded: 2008
Joan Baez
Awarded: 2007
The Band
Awarded: 2008
Count Basie
Awarded: 2002
Beach Boys
Awarded: 2001
The Beatles
Awarded: 2014
Bee Gees
Awarded: 2015
Harry Belafonte
Awarded: 2000
Tony Bennett
Awarded: 2001
Irving Berlin
Awarded: 1968
Leonard Bernstein
Awarded: 1985
Chuck Berry
Awarded: 1984
Black Sabbath
Awarded: 2019
Hal Blaine
Awarded: 2018
Art Blakey
Awarded: 2005
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Awarded: 1997
Blind Boys Of Alabama
Awarded: 2009
Booker T. & The MG's
Awarded: 2007
Pierre Boulez
Awarded: 2015
David Bowie
Awarded: 2006
James Brown
Awarded: 1992
Ruth Brown
Awarded: 2016
Dave Brubeck
Awarded: 1996
Shirley Caesar
Awarded: 2017
Maria Callas
Awarded: 2007
Cab Calloway
Awarded: 2008
Glen Campbell
Awarded: 2012
Carter Family
Awarded: 2005
Benny Carter
Awarded: 1987
Enrico Caruso
Awarded: 1987
Pablo Casals
Awarded: 1989
Johnny Cash
Awarded: 1999
Chicago
Awarded: 2020
Ray Charles
Awarded: 1987
Clifton Chenier
Awarded: 2014
Van Cliburn
Awarded: 2004
Patsy Cline
Awarded: 1995
George Clinton & Parliament - Funkadelic
Awarded: 2019
Rosemary Clooney
Awarded: 2002
Leonard Cohen
Awarded: 2010
Nat "King" Cole
Awarded: 1990
Ornette Coleman
Awarded: 2007
John Coltrane
Awarded: 1992
Perry Como
Awarded: 2002
Sam Cooke
Awarded: 1999
Cream
Awarded: 2006
Bing Crosby
Awarded: 1963
Celia Cruz
Awarded: 2016
Bobby Darin
Awarded: 2010
Miles Davis
Awarded: 1990
Sammy Davis Jr.
Awarded: 2001
Doris Day
Awarded: 2008
Neil Diamond
Awarded: 2018
Bo Diddley
Awarded: 1998
Fats Domino
Awarded: 1987
Bob Dylan
Awarded: 1991
Earth, Wind & Fire
Awarded: 2016
Billy Eckstine
Awarded: 2019
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Awarded: 2010
Duke Ellington
Awarded: 1966
Bill Evans
Awarded: 1994
Everly Brothers
Awarded: 1997
Ella Fitzgerald
Awarded: 1967
Roberta Flack
Awarded: 2020
Four Tops
Awarded: 2009
Aretha Franklin
Awarded: 1994
Funk Brothers, The
Awarded: 2004
Judy Garland
Awarded: 1997
Marvin Gaye
Awarded: 1996
Dizzy Gillespie
Awarded: 1989
Benny Goodman
Awarded: 1986
Glenn Gould
Awarded: 2013
Morton Gould
Awarded: 2005
Stephane Grappelli
Awarded: 1997
Grateful Dead
Awarded: 2007
Al Green
Awarded: 2002
Woody Guthrie
Awarded: 2000
Buddy Guy
Awarded: 2015
Charlie Haden
Awarded: 2013
Merle Haggard
Awarded: 2006
Herbie Hancock
Awarded: 2016
Emmylou Harris
Awarded: 2018
George Harrison
Awarded: 2015
Donny Hathaway
Awarded: 2019
Isaac Hayes
Awarded: 2020
Roy Haynes
Awarded: 2011
Jascha Heifetz
Awarded: 1989
Jimi Hendrix
Awarded: 1992
Woody Herman
Awarded: 1987
Billie Holiday
Awarded: 1987
Buddy Holly
Awarded: 1997
John Lee Hooker
Awarded: 2000
Lightnin' Hopkins
Awarded: 2013
Lena Horne
Awarded: 1989
Vladimir Horowitz
Awarded: 1990
Iggy Pop
Awarded: 2020
Julio Iglesias
Awarded: 2019
The Isley Brothers
Awarded: 2014
Mahalia Jackson
Awarded: 1972
Michael Jackson
Awarded: 2010
Ahmad Jamal
Awarded: 2017
Etta James
Awarded: 2003
Jefferson Airplane
Awarded: 2016
Jelly Roll Morton
Awarded: 2005
Ella Jenkins
Awarded: 2004
Flaco Jiménez
Awarded: 2015
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Awarded: 2012
Robert Johnson
Awarded: 2006
George Jones
Awarded: 2012
Hank Jones
Awarded: 2009
Janis Joplin
Awarded: 2005
Louis Jordan
Awarded: 2018
Juilliard String Quartet
Awarded: 2011
B.B. King
Awarded: 1987
Carole King
Awarded: 2013
Kingston Trio
Awarded: 2011
Kraftwerk
Awarded: 2014
Kris Kristofferson
Awarded: 2014
Led Zeppelin
Awarded: 2005
Brenda Lee
Awarded: 2009
Peggy Lee
Awarded: 1995
John Lennon
Awarded: 1991
Jerry Lee Lewis
Awarded: 2005
Little Richard
Awarded: 1993
The Louvin Brothers
Awarded: 2015
Loretta Lynn
Awarded: 2010
Henry Mancini
Awarded: 1995
Armando Manzanero
Awarded: 2014
Bob Marley
Awarded: 2001
Dean Martin
Awarded: 2009
Johnny Mathis
Awarded: 2003
Curtis Mayfield
Awarded: 1995
Paul McCartney
Awarded: 1990
Memphis Horns, The
Awarded: 2012
The Meters
Awarded: 2018
Glenn Miller
Awarded: 2003
Mitch Miller
Awarded: 2000
Mills Brothers
Awarded: 1998
Charles Mingus
Awarded: 1997
Joni Mitchell
Awarded: 2002
Thelonious Monk
Awarded: 1993
Bill Monroe
Awarded: 1993
Sam & Dave
Awarded: 2019
Willie Nelson
Awarded: 2000
Jessye Norman
Awarded: 2006
Roy Orbison
Awarded: 1998
Patti Page
Awarded: 2013
Charlie Parker
Awarded: 1984
Dolly Parton
Awarded: 2011
Tom Paxton
Awarded: 2009
Pinetop Perkins
Awarded: 2005
Itzhak Perlman
Awarded: 2008
Oscar Peterson
Awarded: 1997
Maud Powell
Awarded: 2014
Elvis Presley
Awarded: 1971
André Previn
Awarded: 2010
Leontyne Price
Awarded: 1989
Charley Pride
Awarded: 2017
John Prine
Awarded: 2020
Richard Pryor
Awarded: 2006
Public Enemy
Awarded: 2020
Tito Puente
Awarded: 2003
Queen
Awarded: 2018
Ramones
Awarded: 2011
Otis Redding
Awarded: 1999
Max Roach
Awarded: 2008
Paul Robeson
Awarded: 1998
Smokey Robinson
Awarded: 1999
Jimmie Rodgers
Awarded: 2017
Rolling Stones
Awarded: 1986
Sonny Rollins
Awarded: 2004
Linda Ronstadt
Awarded: 2016
Diana Ross
Awarded: 2012
Artur Rubinstein
Awarded: 1994
Run DMC
Awarded: 2016
Gil Scott-Heron
Awarded: 2012
Earl Scruggs
Awarded: 2008
Pete Seeger
Awarded: 1993
Andrés Segovia
Awarded: 1986
Ravi Shankar
Awarded: 2013
Artie Shaw
Awarded: 2004
George Beverly Shea
Awarded: 2011
Wayne Shorter
Awarded: 2015
Simon And Garfunkel
Awarded: 2003
Nina Simone
Awarded: 2017
Frank Sinatra
Awarded: 1965
Bessie Smith
Awarded: 1989
Georg Solti
Awarded: 1996
Staple Singers
Awarded: 2005
Isaac Stern
Awarded: 1987
Sly Stone
Awarded: 2017
Igor Stravinsky
Awarded: 1987
Barbra Streisand
Awarded: 1995
Art Tatum
Awarded: 1989
The Temptations
Awarded: 2013
Clark Terry
Awarded: 2010
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Awarded: 2020
Doors, The
Awarded: 2007
Mel Tormé
Awarded: 1999
Arturo Toscanini
Awarded: 1987
Tina Turner
Awarded: 2018
Sarah Vaughan
Awarded: 1989
Velvet Underground
Awarded: 2017
Fats Waller
Awarded: 1993
Dionne Warwick
Awarded: 2019
Muddy Waters
Awarded: 1992
Doc Watson
Awarded: 2004
Weavers, The
Awarded: 2006
Kitty Wells
Awarded: 1991
The Who
Awarded: 2001
Hank Williams
Awarded: 1987
Bob Wills
Awarded: 2007
Stevie Wonder
Awarded: 1996
Frank Zappa
Awarded: 1997