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Steve Jobs honored with 2012 Grammy Special Merit Award for contributions to music

The Recording Academy announced today the recipients of its 2012 Special Merit Awards. Among the Lifetime Achievement Award recipients were the Allman Brothers Band and Diana Ross. Steve Jobs was honored with this year’s Trustees Award for “outstanding contributions to the industry in a nonperforming capacity.”

The ceremony will be held on Feb. 11 during Grammy Week, and the recipients will be acknowledged at this year’s “54th Annual Grammy Awards” telecast on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Apple also won a technical Grammy in 2002 for “contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.”  In October, following the passing of Steve Jobs, The Recording Academy released this statement highlighting Steve’s significant contributions to the industry:


Visionary, pioneer, innovator, genius — all of these words and more have been used to describe the dynamic, passionate, and driven Steve Jobs, who always believed, and often proved, that the impossible was possible. He took technology and turned it into art, becoming a key player and leader in the entertainment world, particularly music, and changing the way we all use the Internet and consume music, TV, movies, books, graphics, and more. In 2002, Apple Computer, Inc. was a recipient of the Technical GRAMMY® Award for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field — which the groundbreaking company continues to achieve to this day. The world has lost an inspiring and creative inventor whose extraordinary legacy will forever remain present in our lives. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his friends, and the outstanding employees of Apple who will continue to honor his memory and vision.

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