The Recording Academy Announces Special Merit Award Honorees

Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Steve Jobs, Gil Scott-Heron, George Jones, and Diana Ross among Special Merit Awards recipients
  • Diana Ross
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  • Photo: Steve Granitz/
    Steve Jobs
  • Photo: Courtesy of XL Recordings
    Gil Scott-Heron
  • George Jones
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  • Photo: Steve Thorne/
    Glen Campbell
December 21, 2011 -- 3:50 am PST

(For a complete list of 54th GRAMMY Awards nominees, please click here.)

The Recording Academy today announced its 2012 Special Merit Awards recipients. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Jones, the Memphis Horns, Diana Ross, and Gil Scott-Heron; this year's Trustees Award honorees are Dave Bartholomew, Steve Jobs and Rudy Van Gelder; and Celemony and Roger Nichols are this year's Technical GRAMMY Award honorees.

The special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 11, 2012, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, which will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

"This year's honorees offer a variety of brilliance, contributions and lasting impressions on our culture," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "It is an honor to recognize such a diverse group of individuals whose talents and achievements have had an indelible impact on our industry."

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium while the Trustees Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the industry in a nonperforming capacity. 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.

For more information on this year's Special Merit Awards honorees, click here.

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