The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by The Recording Academy to "performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording." This award is distinct from the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, which honors specific recordings rather than individuals, and the Grammy Trustees Award, which honors non-performers.
|Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award|
|Awarded for||"performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording"|
|Presented by||The Recording Academy|
The following individuals have received Lifetime Achievement Awards, listed by year.
|1972||Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson|
|1984||Chuck Berry, Charlie Parker|
|1986||Benny Goodman, The Rolling Stones, Andrés Segovia|
|1987||Roy Acuff, Benny Carter, Enrico Caruso, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Woody Herman, Billie Holiday, B.B. King, Isaac Stern, Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Toscanini, Hank Williams|
|1989||Fred Astaire, Pablo Casals, Dizzy Gillespie, Jascha Heifetz, Lena Horne, Leontyne Price, Bessie Smith, Art Tatum, Sarah Vaughan|
|1990||Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Vladimir Horowitz, Paul McCartney|
|1991||Marian Anderson, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Kitty Wells|
|1992||James Brown, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters|
|1993||Chet Atkins, Little Richard, Thelonious Monk, Bill Monroe, Pete Seeger, Fats Waller|
|1994||Bill Evans, Aretha Franklin, Arthur Rubinstein|
|1995||Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee, Henry Mancini, Curtis Mayfield, Barbra Streisand|
|1996||Dave Brubeck, Marvin Gaye, Georg Solti, Stevie Wonder|
|1997||Bobby "Blue" Bland, The Everly Brothers, Judy Garland, Stéphane Grappelli, Buddy Holly, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson, Frank Zappa|
|1998||Bo Diddley, The Mills Brothers, Roy Orbison, Paul Robeson|
|1999||Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson, Mel Tormé|
|2000||Harry Belafonte, Woody Guthrie, John Lee Hooker, Mitch Miller, Willie Nelson|
|2001||The Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Marley, The Who|
|2002||Count Basie, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, Al Green, Joni Mitchell|
|2003||Etta James, Johnny Mathis, Glenn Miller, Tito Puente, Simon & Garfunkel|
|2004||Van Cliburn, The Funk Brothers, Ella Jenkins, Sonny Rollins, Artie Shaw, Doc Watson|
|2005||Eddy Arnold, Art Blakey, The Carter Family, Morton Gould, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jelly Roll Morton, Pinetop Perkins, The Staple Singers|
|2006||David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, Jessye Norman, Richard Pryor, The Weavers|
|2007||Joan Baez, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Maria Callas, Ornette Coleman, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Bob Wills|
|2008||Burt Bacharach, The Band, Cab Calloway, Doris Day, Itzhak Perlman, Max Roach, Earl Scruggs|
|2009||Gene Autry, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Four Tops, Hank Jones, Brenda Lee, Dean Martin, Tom Paxton|
|2010||Leonard Cohen, Bobby Darin, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Michael Jackson, Loretta Lynn, André Previn, Clark Terry|
|2011||Julie Andrews, Roy Haynes, Juilliard String Quartet, The Kingston Trio, Dolly Parton, Ramones, George Beverly Shea|||
|2012||The Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antônio Carlos Jobim, George Jones, The Memphis Horns, Diana Ross, Gil Scott-Heron|
|2013||Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin' Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page, Ravi Shankar, The Temptations|||
|2014||The Beatles, Clifton Chenier, The Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, Maud Powell|||
|2015||Bee Gees, Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy, George Harrison, Flaco Jiménez, The Louvin Brothers, Wayne Shorter|||
|2016||Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, Run-DMC|||
|2017||Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, The Velvet Underground|||
|2018||Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, The Meters, Queen, Tina Turner|||
|2019||Black Sabbath, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, Dionne Warwick|||
Armando Manzanero-Canché (born in Mérida, Yucatán on 7 December 1935) is a Mexican musician, singer, and composer of Maya descent, widely considered the premier Mexican romantic composer of the postwar era and one of the most successful composers of Latin America. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in United States in 2014. He is the current president of the Mexican Society of Authors and Composers (Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de México).Art Blakey
Arthur Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He was known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina after he became a Muslim.Blakey made a name for himself in the 1940s in the big bands of Fletcher Henderson and Billy Eckstine. He worked with bebop musicians Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. In the mid-1950s Horace Silver and Blakey formed the Jazz Messengers, a group that the drummer was associated with for the next 35 years. The group was formed as a collective of contemporaries, but over the years the band became known as an incubator for young talent, including Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, and Wynton Marsalis. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz calls the Jazz Messengers "the archetypal hard bop group of the late 50s".He was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame (in 1981), the Grammy Hall of Fame (in 1998 and 2001), and was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1991.Astrud Gilberto
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She began recording at the age of 12 in 1951 on the Federal recording label Shirley Caesar has released over forty albums. She has participated in over 16 compilations and three gospel musicals, Mama I Want to Sing, Sing: Mama 2 and Born to sing: Mama 3. She is also the creator of the #unameit challenge, which occurred during one of her song sermonettes. She opened her eponymous store and plans on using the profits to help others during the holiday season.
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The Memphis Horns were an American horn section made famous by their many appearances on Stax Records. They have been called "arguably the greatest soul horn section ever." Originally a sextet, the Memphis Horns gradually slimmed down to a duo, Wayne Jackson (November 24, 1941 – June 21, 2016) on trumpet and Andrew Love (November 21, 1941 - April 12, 2012) on tenor saxophone.
The Memphis Horns appeared on nearly every recording for Stax that included a horn section — with Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Sam and Dave and others — as well as on other releases, including The Doobie Brothers' What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits and U2's Rattle and Hum, as well as a few solo records.
In the 1970s, they recorded with Al Green, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Mike Harrison, Don Harrison Band, and Stephen Stills. They toured with Stills in 1971. In the 1980s, they played behind Sting and Peter Gabriel.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Jackson and Love worked extensively with the blues outfit, The Robert Cray Band. They provided their trademark funky/soul horns backing to five of the band's albums: Strong Persuader (1986); Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1988); Midnight Stroll (1990); I Was Warned (1992); Sweet Potato Pie (1997).
In 1992, they released their own album Flame Out, produced by fellow Stax alumnus Terry Manning.
Following the retirement of Love, Jackson and another musician who had been working with Memphis Horns, Tom McGinley, continued to record on projects such as Neil Young's Prairie Wind (2005).
In 2007, Jackson reunited with former longtime member Jack Hale, reforming The Memphis Horns (also including McGinley) in order to join a supergroup backing singer-songwriter Andrew Jon Thomson on his "All Star Superband" multi-album project. In 2008, this line-up of Memphis Horns played on some songs on the Raconteurs record, Consolers of the Lonely. The same year the Memphis Horns recorded with Jack White (White Stripes, the Raconteurs) and Alicia Keys on the song "Another Way to Die," for the 22nd James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. In 2008, the Memphis Horns were also inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN. In 2017, the group was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
In 2012, the Memphis Horns received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding artistic significance in music.The Meters
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Angela Carrasco was born 23 January 1952 in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic. At age 7, she first appeared in an advertising world, singing the theme for a drink to a tune that composed by Salvador Sturla.
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