The Recording Academy Announces 2013 Special Merit Awards Recipients

Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Charlie Haden, Carole King, Royer Labs, Ravi Shankar, and the Temptations among class of 2013 Special Merit Awards recipients
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    Carole King
  • Photo: Hulton Archive
    The Temptations
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    Glenn Gould
  • Photo: Anthony Barboza/Getty Images
    Ravi Shankar
  • Photo: Hulton Archive
    Patti Page
  • Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Stringer
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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    Alan and Marilyn Bergman
  • Photo: Steve Grayson/
    Charlie Haden
  • Photo: Michael Ochs Archives
    Phil Chess
  • Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Stringer
    Leonard Chess
December 12, 2012 -- 4:55 am PST

The Recording Academy today announced its 2013 Special Merit Awards recipients. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin' Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page, Ravi Shankar, and the Temptations; Trustees Award honorees are Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Leonard and Phil Chess, and Alan Livingston; and Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith, and Royer Labs are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.

More information on this year's Special Merit Awards recipients

A special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 9, 2013, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, which will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

"Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come."

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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