About the Beatles' award, the academy said in a statement, “Regarded as one of the most influential groups in music history, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr formed the Beatles in Liverpool in 1960. Rooted in 1950s rock and roll, the seven-time Grammy-winning band later broadened their musical palette, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. As a group, they have 15 recordings inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame®, including 'Abbey Road,' 'A Hard Day's Night,' 'The Beatles (White Album),' 'Meet The Beatles,' 'Revolver,' 'Rubber Soul' and 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' As composers, songwriters, musicians, singers, and performers the Beatles revolutionized the music industry and continue to influence future generations.”
Also being honored with Lifetime awards are Armando Manzanero, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson and Maud Powell. Rick Hall, Jim Marshall and Ennio Morricone will receive Trustees Award and Emile Berliner and Lexicon will receive Technical Grammy Awards.
"It is a great privilege to recognize such an exceptional group of honorees and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the recording industry," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy in a statement. "This astoundingly unique and gifted group have created some of the most distinguished and influential work in our musical history. Their legacies are timeless and legendary, and their creativity will continue to influence and inspire future generations."
A special invitation-only ceremony will be held during Grammy week on Jan. 25, 2014, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards telecast at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. The show can be seen Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET and on tape delay to the West Coast at 8 p.m. PT on the CBS Television Network.
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