Steve King Dies
GRAMMY-winning engineer Steve King died June 3 following a battle with liver disease. He was 56. A native of Detroit, King won a 2002 GRAMMY for Best Rap Album for his work on Eminem's The Eminem Show. He received additional nominations that year for Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year for "Without Me." The following year he earned a second nomination for Record Of The Year for Eminem's "Lose Yourself" from the chart-topping soundtrack album 8 Mile, a film in which the rapper starred. His engineering résumé also includes work with GRAMMY winners 50 Cent and Aretha Franklin, George Clinton, Patti Smith, and members of G-Unit, among others. Prior to his work in the studio, King performed in local Detroit bands the Pigs, the Traitors, Paper Hearts, the Boners, and the Rushlow-King Combo, among others. "[Steve King's] unassuming nature and dedication to his craft earned him well-deserved respect, and he used his success to give back to his community, sharing his knowledge and insights at local youth centers," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "Our music community, and the city of Detroit, has lost a passionate professional whose noteworthy legacy will always speak for itself."