Steve Jobs, the technology guru who earned the ire of the music industry for his introduction of the iPod, will be honoured at the Grammy Awards in February.
The Apple co-founder, who died in October, is to receive the Trustees Award for helping to "create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies and books," Grammy organizers announced Wednesday.
He is one of 11 people who will be honoured with special awards at the ceremony on Feb. 13.
The Trustees Awards are given to people who make a contribution to music beyond performance. Apple Computer Inc. received a technical Grammy in 2002 for its impact on the recording field.
Jobs is being honoured as a "creative visionary" by the same industry that resisted the move to digital downloading, arguing the technology led to widespread illegal sharing of music.
Others who will receive Trustees Awards in 2012 include Dave Bartholomew, a bandleader and composer best known for his collaborations with Fats Domino, and Rudy Van Gelder, a recording engineer who worked with jazz greats such as Thelonius Monk and Miles Davis.
The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences also chose seven performers to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards:
- The Allman Brothers Band, pioneers of southern rock known for hits such as Ramblin’ Man and Jessica.
- Glen Campbell, the country singer who released a farewell album this year, known for Wichita Lineman and By the Time I Get to Phoenix.
- Antonio Carlos Jobim, the singer and pianist/guitarist who earned a Grammy for The Girl from Ipanema.
- George Jones, a prolific country artist who had hits such as White Lightning and He Stopped Loving Her Today.
- The Memphis Horns, trumpeter Wayne Jackson and tenor saxophonist Andrew Love provided backup for Stax Records, and recorded with Al Green, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding and U2.
- Diana Ross, leader of Motown act the Supremes and successful solo act with hits such as Upside Down and Missing You.
- Gil Scott-Heron, whose fusion of jazz, blues and spoken word, on works such as The Revolution Will Not Be Televised was an influence on rap music.
Audio engineer Roger Nichols, who worked with artists such as Plácido Domingo, Ross, James Taylor and Stevie Wonder, will receive a technical achievement award. In the 1970s, he collaborated with Steely Dan, earning six Grammy Awards for his work on their recordings.