The Recording Academy held its Special Merit Awards on Saturday, January 25th. This year's honorees included: the Beatles, Armando Manzanero, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, and Maud Powell as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients; Rick Hall, Jim Marshall and Ennio Morricone as Trustees Award honorees; and Emile Berliner and Lexicon as Technical Grammy Award recipients.
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions to the field of recording while the Trustees Award and Technical Grammy recognizes such contributions in areas of the recording industry other than performance.
The Beatles have been known as one of the most influential groups in music history. The band members George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr formed in Liverpool in 1960. The have won seven Grammy awards and as a group 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.
Ringo Starr was on hand along with Yoko Ono (widow of John Lennon) and Olivia Harrison (widow of George Harrison) to accept the award for The Beatles. McCartney was still in rehearsals for the Grammy Awards ceremony so he could not attend the awards.
I spoke with Ringo Starr as he arrived at the ceremony. Click on the video link to see what he had to say about being honored.
At the ceremony, Starr stated music has always been his life ever since he was child and became ill at the age of 13. He is proud of what he, George, John and Paul were able to do as The Beatles.
Check back to this page for more reports and interviews from the event.