Steve Jobs to receive posthumous Grammy
Jobs will be given the Grammy Trustees Award, which honours individuals who have made a significant impact in the music world in areas other than performance.
Through the creation of iTunes, he was considered by many to have saved the music industry from illegal downloading, and he paved the way for the digital music industry to thrive with the iPod — though some feel iTunes still contributed to a decline in record sales since it gives consumers the option to purchase one song rather than the entire album.
In a statement, Recording Acadamy’s president and CEO Neil Portnow said “As former CEO and co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs helped create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books. A creative visionary, Jobs’ innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store, revolutionized the industry and how music was distributed and purchased.”
This isn’t the first Grammy honour for Apple’s impact – in 2002 they received a technical Grammy award for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.
Formal acknowledgement of the award will be made during the televised ceremony on February 12th in Los Angeles. The two other winners include engineer Rudy Van Gelder and bandleader Dave Bartholomew.