It’s become official that the Recording Academy has announced its’ Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees include: Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, the Meters, Queen, and Tina Turner.
There will be a presentation ceremony along with a concert to celebrate the honorees this summer. Additional details regarding the fun-filled night will be announced in the few weeks.
“This year’s Special Merit Awards recipients are a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history. These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy.” – Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy
Hal Blaine is best known as the lead drummer and founder of the legendary Wrecking Crew. He has also recorded with legendary artists and bands such as Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, and many more. Some of his best-known songs include him drumming on Sparkletts water jugs for the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No” and dragging tire chains across a concrete floor for Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” In his career, Blaine has worked on nearly 6,000 tracks. Out of those 6,000 songs, 350 have been Top 10 hits, and 40 have been No. 1s.
Neil Diamond may be the most recognizable name amongst this year’s honorees. Diamond has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide and has dominated the charts for more than five decades with 38 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. Before becoming a highly respect artist, most of Diamond’s early recognition came as a songwriter. His recorded songs have become a part of the fabric of America’s songbook with a wide range of international hits that include “Solitary Man,” “Cherry, Cherry,” “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon,” “I’m A Believer,” “Red Red Wine,” “Holly Holy,” ‘Thank The Lord For The Night Time,” “Sweet Caroline,” and many more. Diamond has won a GRAMMY Award, a Golden Globe Award, the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame.
In a career spanning over more than 40 years, Queen has amassed a staggering list of sales, awards, and hall of fame inductions that is second to none. Their impressive string of No. 1 albums and top-charting singles continue to put Queen in the Top 10 of all-time iTunes sales. The band has received multiple Ivor Novello Awards, an MTV Global Icon Award, and two recordings enshrined in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®—”Bohemeian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You”/“We Are The Champions,” which also remain popular songs at sports events and arenas around the world. Even with the tragic loss of their uniquely talented frontman Freddie Mercury, they’ve still remained one of the most revered bands in rock and pop history.
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