Queen, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond and Emmylou Harris are among the artist due to receive the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Grammy Awards ceremony.
The organization behind the Grammys will also hand out its Special Merit Awards to Louis Jordan, the Meters and Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine. This year’s honorees will be celebrated at a ceremony and concert set to take place this summer. Additional details will be announced in the coming 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,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “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.”
In a career spanning more than 40 years, Queen have 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 the band 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—‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘We Will Rock You’/’We Are The Champions,’ which also remain popular songs at sports events and arenas around the world.
Recently, Queen became the first artist ever to sell more than 6 million copies of an album in the U.K. with their Greatest Hits album. Even with the tragic loss of their uniquely talented frontman Freddie Mercury, Queen remain one of the most revered bands in rock and pop history, able to claim one of the most enduring song catalogs of all time.
In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Recording Academy also announced it would hand out its Trustees Award to composer John Williams, record executive Seymour Stein and late concert promoter Bill Graham. Meanwhile, inventor Richard Factor and engineer Tony Agnello – who helped build the audio equipment company Eventide – will receive the special Technical Grammy Award.
The Recording Academy will host the 60th Annual Grammy Awards January on 28 January at Madison Square Garden in New York City. As uDiscover Music reported last week, the line-up of stars performing at the event includes Lady Gaga, Pink, Childish Gambino and Little Big Town.
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