Special Merit Awards: Class Of 2014

The Beatles, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, and Maud Powell among The Recording Academy's 2014 Special Merit Awards recipients
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    Kris Kristofferson
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    Clifton Chenier
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    The Beatles
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    The Isley Brothers
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    Jim Marshall
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    Emile Berliner
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    Ennio Morricone
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    Armando Manzanero
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    Rick Hall
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    Maud Powell
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December 12, 2013 -- 4:30 am PST

The Recording Academy today announced its 2014 Special Merit Awards recipients. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are the Beatles, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, and Maud Powell; Trustees Award honorees are Rick Hall, Jim Marshall and Ennio Morricone; and Emile Berliner and Lexicon are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.

More information on the 2014 Special Merit Awards recipients

A special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, which will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

"It is a great privilege to recognize such an exceptional group of honorees and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the recording industry," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This astoundingly unique and gifted group have created some of the most distinguished and influential work in our musical history. Their legacies are timeless and legendary, and their creativity will continue to influence and inspire future generations."

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, as well as The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

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