GRAMMY winner Carole King recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview regarding here 2013 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.
"I know that The Recording Academy does not give a Lifetime Achievement Award lightly and it is very, very meaningful to me," said King. "I don't really go through life thinking I'm going to do this so I [can] get an award. I just sort of try to be a good person; [I] try to write music that lifts people and makes me feel good to sing."
An alumnus of New York's famed Brill Building, King and songwriting partner/former husband wrote classic songs such as "Up On the Roof" (the Drifters), "One Fine Day" (the Chiffons), "I'm Into Something Good" (Herman's Hermits), and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (the Shirelles), among others. King released her debut solo album, Writer, in 1970. A year later she released her landmark album, Tapestry, which peaked a No. 1 and garnered four GRAMMY Awards, including Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year for "It's Too Late" and Song Of The Year for "You've Got A Friend." Tapestry and the aforementioned two songs have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. In 1971 King garnered her second No. 1 album, Music, and followed with Rhymes And Reasons, Fantasy (1973), Wrap Around Joy (1974), and Thoroughbred (1976), all of which peaked in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200.
In 2004 King received a Recording Academy Trustees Award with longtime songwriting partner and former husband Gerry Goffin. In 2011 King released A Holiday Carole, which peaked at No. 8 on Billboard's Holiday Album chart and garnered a 55th GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. King is among The Recording Academy's class of 2013 Special Merit Awards recipients, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award for her creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance.