Recording Academy to Honor Nina Simone with Lifetime Achievement Award

nina-simone-grammy-lifetime-achievement Nina Simone is being recognized as one of the Recording Academy’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.

The Lifetime Achievement Award “celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award honors contributions in areas other than performance,” according to the Recording Academy.

“This year’s Special Merit Awards recipients comprise a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their respective crafts have created a timeless legacy.”

Simone, aka the High Priestess of Soul, wore many hats throughout her career- she was a musician, a songwriter and a civil rights activist, among other titles. Her style was so diverse- spanning genres from R&B and rock to jazz, gospel, blues, folk, and Broadway- that she herself dubbed it “black classical”. Some of her classics include “Mississippi Goddam,” “Four Women,” and “To Be Young, Gifted, And Black”, and her famous interpretations of “Feeling Good” and “Sinnerman”. Her version of “I Loves You, Porgy” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000.

In addition to Nina, other artists being recognized include Shirley Caesar, jazz musician Ahmad Jamal, country musician Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers aka the Father of Country Music, singer Sly Stone, and rock band the Velvet Underground. Producer/arranger/songwriter Thom Bell, record executive Mo Ostin and music executive Ralph S. Peer have been named as the Trustees Award honorees and Alan Dower Blumlein, one of the most significant audio inventors of his time, is the Technical GRAMMY® Award recipient.

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