Steve Jobs Earns Special Merit Grammy

The Recording Academy is honoring Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs with a Special Merit Grammy award in recognition of his contributions to the music and recording industry. Mr. Jobs is being given the posthumous honor for his “outstanding contributions to the industry in a nonperforming capacity.”

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The Recording Academy stated,

As former CEO and co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs helped create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books. A creative visionary, Jobs’ innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store, revolutionized the industry and how music was distributed and purchased. In 2002 Apple Computer Inc. was a recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. The company continues to lead the way with new technology and in-demand products such as the iPhone and iPad.

Along with Mr. Jobs, musician and composer Dave Bartholomew and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder are receiving Special Merit Trustee awards, too.

Mr. Jobs passed away on October 5 at the age of 56 following a prolonged health battle related to pancreatic cancer. Following his death, Apple stated, :Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.”

The awards will be issued during a special ceremony on February 11, 2012, and acknowledged during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12 on CBS.