Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is a special Grammy Award that is awarded by The Recording Academy to "performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording."[1] This award is distinct from the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, which honors specific recordings rather than individuals, and the Grammy Trustees Award, which honors non-performers.

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded for"performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording"
CountryUnited States
Presented byThe Recording Academy
First awarded1963

Lifetime Achievement Award recipients

The following individuals have received Lifetime Achievement Awards, listed by year.

1963Bing Crosby
1965Frank Sinatra
1966Duke Ellington
1967Ella Fitzgerald
1968Irving Berlin
1971Elvis Presley
1972Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson
1984Chuck Berry, Charlie Parker
1985Leonard Bernstein
1986Benny Goodman, The Rolling Stones, Andrés Segovia
1987Roy Acuff, Benny Carter, Enrico Caruso, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Woody Herman, Billie Holiday, B.B. King, Isaac Stern, Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Toscanini, Hank Williams
1989Fred Astaire, Pablo Casals, Dizzy Gillespie, Jascha Heifetz, Lena Horne, Leontyne Price, Bessie Smith, Art Tatum, Sarah Vaughan
1990Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Vladimir Horowitz, Paul McCartney
1991Marian Anderson, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Kitty Wells
1992James Brown, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters
1993Chet Atkins, Little Richard, Thelonious Monk, Bill Monroe, Pete Seeger, Fats Waller
1994Bill Evans, Aretha Franklin, Arthur Rubinstein
1995Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee, Henry Mancini, Curtis Mayfield, Barbra Streisand
1996Dave Brubeck, Marvin Gaye, Georg Solti, Stevie Wonder
1997Bobby "Blue" Bland, The Everly Brothers, Judy Garland, Stéphane Grappelli, Buddy Holly, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson, Frank Zappa
1998Bo Diddley, The Mills Brothers, Roy Orbison, Paul Robeson
1999Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson, Mel Tormé
2000Harry Belafonte, Woody Guthrie, John Lee Hooker, Mitch Miller, Willie Nelson
2001The Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Marley, The Who
2002Count Basie, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, Al Green, Joni Mitchell
2003Etta James, Johnny Mathis, Glenn Miller, Tito Puente, Simon & Garfunkel
2004Van Cliburn, The Funk Brothers, Ella Jenkins, Sonny Rollins, Artie Shaw, Doc Watson
2005Eddy Arnold, Art Blakey, The Carter Family, Morton Gould, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jelly Roll Morton, Pinetop Perkins, The Staple Singers
2006David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, Jessye Norman, Richard Pryor, The Weavers
2007Joan Baez, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Maria Callas, Ornette Coleman, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Bob Wills
2008Burt Bacharach, The Band, Cab Calloway, Doris Day, Itzhak Perlman, Max Roach, Earl Scruggs
2009Gene Autry, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Four Tops, Hank Jones, Brenda Lee, Dean Martin, Tom Paxton
2010Leonard Cohen, Bobby Darin, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Michael Jackson, Loretta Lynn, André Previn, Clark Terry
2011Julie Andrews, Roy Haynes, Juilliard String Quartet, The Kingston Trio, Dolly Parton, Ramones, George Beverly Shea[2]
2012The Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antônio Carlos Jobim, George Jones, The Memphis Horns, Diana Ross, Gil Scott-Heron
2013Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin' Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page, Ravi Shankar, The Temptations[3]
2014The Beatles, Clifton Chenier, The Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, Maud Powell[4]
2015Bee Gees, Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy, George Harrison, Flaco Jiménez, The Louvin Brothers, Wayne Shorter[5]
2016Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, Run-DMC[6]
2017Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, The Velvet Underground[7]
2018Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, The Meters, Queen, Tina Turner[8]
2019Black Sabbath, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, Dionne Warwick[9]


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