11 Jan 06
Recipients of the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Award were announced today (January 10, 2005) by The Recording Academy. David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, blues legend Robert Johnson, Jessye Norman, Richard Pryor, and the Weavers will receive The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Chris Blackwell, Owen Bradley and Al Schmitt will be honored with The Academy’s Trustees Award. Tom Dowd and Bell Labs /Western Electric have been named recipients of the Technical Grammy Award.
“This year’s honorees are a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have contributed some of the most distinguished and influential recordings,” said Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. “Their work exemplifies the highest artistic and technical standards, creating a timeless legacy that has positively affected multiple generations, and will continue to influence generations to come.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium while the Trustees Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the industry in a non-performing capacity. Both awards are decided by vote of The Recording Academy’s National Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of the members of The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing and The Academy’s Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.
Formal acknowledgment of these special merit awards will be made at an elite ceremony during GRAMMY Week on Tuesday, Feb. 7, as well as during the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
Considered one of the first jam bands, Cream’s combination of blues and rock, along with their remarkably energetic style, left a permanent musical mark and established them as one of the greatest live bands of the ’60s. They set a standard of inventiveness and originality, thus paving the road for many other hard and progressive rock bands that emerged after them.
Also a complete list of nominees in 108 categories was announced earlier for the 48th annual Grammy Awards, to be presented Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.
Eric Clapton is in the contest for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance with Revolution (a track from his album Back Home).
Eric’s album “Back Home” (engineers: Alan Douglas & Mick Guzauski) is in the contest for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.