Trustees Award

This Special Merit Award is presented by vote of The Recording Academy's National Trustees to individuals who, during their careers in music, have made significant contributions, other than performance*, to the field of recording. (*Through 1983, recipients included performers.)

Past Recipients
Alphabetical by recipient

Chris Albertson
Awarded: 1971Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss
Awarded: 1997Harold Arlen
Awarded: 1987George Avakian
Awarded: 2009Clarence Avant
Awarded: 2008Estelle Axton
Awarded: 2007Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Awarded: 1997Dave Bartholomew
Awarded: 2012Béla Bartok
Awarded: 1984Count Basie
Awarded: 1981The Beatles
Awarded: 1972Al Bell
Awarded: 2011Marilyn & Alan Bergman
Awarded: 2013Emile Berliner
Awarded: 1987Chris Blackwell
Awarded: 2006Harold Bradley
Awarded: 2010Owen Bradley
Awarded: 2006Hoagy Carmichael
Awarded: 2005Elliott Carter
Awarded: 2009Leonard & Phil Chess
Awarded: 2013Dick Clark
Awarded: 1990Aaron Copland
Awarded: 1981Don Cornelius
Awarded: 2005Pierre Cossette
Awarded: 1995John Culshaw
(see Solti)
Awarded: 1967Hal David
(see Bacharach)
Awarded: 1997Clive Davis
Awarded: 2000Walt Disney
Awarded: 1989Thomas A. Dorsey
Awarded: 1992Tom Dowd
Awarded: 2002Lamont Dozier
(see Holland/Dozier/Holland)
Awarded: 1998Thomas A. Edison
Awarded: 1977Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
Awarded: 1968Ahmet Ertegun
Awarded: 1993Nesuhi Ertegun
Awarded: 1995Christine M. Farnon
Awarded: 1992Wilma Cozart Fine
Awarded: 2011Alan Freed
Awarded: 2002Milt Gabler
Awarded: 1991Kenneth Gamble And Leon Huff
Awarded: 1999George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin
Awarded: 1986Ira Gershwin
(see George Gershwin)
Awarded: 1986Gerry Goffin & Carole King
Awarded: 2004Berry Gordy
Awarded: 1991Norman Granz
Awarded: 1994Florence Greenberg
Awarded: 2010Oscar Hammerstein II
Awarded: 1992John Hammond
NOTE: This is different person from John Hammond the blues artist.
Awarded: 1971W.C. Handy
Awarded: 1993Lorenz Hart
Awarded: 1992Larry Hiller
Awarded: 1971Holland/Dozier/Holland
(Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland)
Awarded: 1998Jac Holzman
Awarded: 2008Leon Huff
(see Gamble And Huff)
Awarded: 1999Steve Jobs
Awarded: 2012Eldridge R. Johnson
Awarded: 1985Quincy Jones
Awarded: 1989Orrin Keepnews
Awarded: 2004Jerome Kern
Awarded: 1987Carole King
(see Goffin)
Awarded: 2004Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe
Awarded: 1999Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Awarded: 1999Goddard Lieberson
Awarded: 1979Alfred Lion
Awarded: 2005Alan Livingston
Awarded: 2013Frederick Loewe
(see Lerner & Loewe)
Awarded: 1999Alan Lomax
Awarded: 2003Bruce Lundvall
Awarded: 2011Arif Mardin
Awarded: 2001George Martin
Awarded: 1996Cosimo Matassa
Awarded: 2007Marian McPartland
Awarded: 2004Johnny Mercer
Awarded: 1987Walter C. Miller
Awarded: 2010Willie Mitchell
Awarded: 2008Robert Moog
Awarded: 1970Jerry Moss
(see Alpert)
Awarded: 1997New York Philharmonic
Awarded: 2003Les Paul
Awarded: 1983Krzysztof Penderecki
Awarded: 1968Sam Phillips
Awarded: 1991Cole Porter
Awarded: 1989Frances Preston
Awarded: 1998Phil Ramone
Awarded: 2001Richard Rodgers
Awarded: 1998Al Schmitt
Awarded: 2006George T. Simon
Awarded: 1993Frank Sinatra
Awarded: 1979Georg Solti & John Culshaw
Awarded: 1967Stephen Sondheim
Awarded: 2007Phil Spector
Awarded: 2000Leopold Stokowski
Awarded: 1977Mike Stoller
(see Leiber & Stoller)
Awarded: 1999Billy Strayhorn
(see Ellington)
Awarded: 1968Dr. Billy Taylor
Awarded: 2005Allen Toussaint
Awarded: 2009Rudy Van Gelder
Awarded: 2012Paul Weston
Awarded: 1971Jerry Wexler
Awarded: 1996