Ringo Starr and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison will be on hand to represent the Beatles when they receive their Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy Jan. 25, the Academy announced in a press release Jan. 15.
Paul McCartney was not named in the announcement and there was no word on whether he will attend from his representatives. McCartney was also absent when the Beatles were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
In the special Merit Award ceremony being held the day before the Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy will present the Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium, to the Beatles and also to Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, and Maud Powell. The event will also feature the presentation of the Trustees Awards, and the Technical Grammys. The recipient of the Music Educator Award will also be announced and members of the Grammy Camp Jazz Session will perform. The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. 8th St., Los Angeles.
A formal acknowledgment of all the recipients will be made during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, which will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 26 and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET to the East Coast and shown on three-hour tape delay to the West Coast at 8 p.m. PT on CBS.
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