Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

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."

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Grammy Trustees Award

Awarded by The Recording Academy to "individuals who, during their careers in music, technology, and so on have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording".

The Recording Academy's former headquarters in Santa Monica, California

This award is distinct from the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors performers.

Black Sabbath

English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1968 by guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Geezer Butler and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne.

Black Sabbath in 1970 (from left), Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne
The band's logo
Black Sabbath at Piccadilly Circus, London in 1970 (left to right: Iommi, Ward, Osbourne, Butler)
Black Sabbath original lineup in 1973 (left to right: Osbourne, Butler, Iommi, Ward)
Tony Iommi in 1978
Ronnie James Dio's first stint as the singer of Black Sabbath lasted from 1979 to 1982.
Black Sabbath performing in Cardiff, Wales, in 1981
Ian Gillan recorded one album with Black Sabbath, 1983's Born Again.
Black Sabbath in 1986 (left to right: Dave Spitz, Glenn Hughes, Tony Iommi, Eric Singer, and Geoff Nicholls)
Tony Martin was the band's lead vocalist from 1987 to 1991 and again from 1993 to 1997.
Geezer Butler performing with Black Sabbath in 1995
Black Sabbath on stage in Stuttgart in December 1999 (left to right: Butler, Osbourne, Iommi, Ward)
Tony Iommi in 2007 with Heaven & Hell
Black Sabbath live in Brazil, 2013 (left to right: Tommy Clufetos, Butler, Osbourne, Iommi)
Black Sabbath at the Genting Arena, Birmingham, at the end of their final concert as a band, February 2017
Black Sabbath bench on Black Sabbath Bridge on Broad Street in the band's home city Birmingham

They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance, and in 2019 the band were presented a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Buddy Holly

American singer and songwriter who was a central and pioneering figure of mid-1950s rock and roll.

Holly in 1957
Buddy Holly and the Crickets in 1957 (top to bottom: Allison, Holly and Mauldin)
Signpost near the Clear Lake crash site
Monument at crash site in 2003
Monument in front of Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa
Holly's headstone in the City of Lubbock Cemetery
The Buddy Holly Center, a museum in Lubbock, Texas

In 1997, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave Holly the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bob Wills

American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader.

Wills c. 1946
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In addition to being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1968, Wills was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the Early Influence category along with the Texas Playboys in 1999, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Bo Diddley

American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll.

Bo Diddley in 1957
Diddley on tour in Japan with the Japanese band Bo Gumbos
Bo Diddley at the Long Beach Jazz Festival, 1997 (with drummer Dave Johnson)
Bo Diddley in 2002
"Bo Diddley beat" /Son clave.

He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Charles Mingus

American jazz double bassist, pianist, composer, and bandleader.

Performance for the U.S. Bicentennial, New York City, July 4, 1976
Photo by Tom Marcello

1997: Posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chet Atkins

American musician who, along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, helped create the Nashville sound, the country music style which expanded its appeal to adult pop music fans.

Atkins's Gretsch Country Gentleman, model G6122, 1962
Atkins listening as Bill Porter adjusts a mix in RCA's Nashville studio

Among many other honors, Atkins received 14 Grammy Awards and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dave Brubeck

American jazz pianist and composer, and one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz.

Brubeck in 1964
The quartet in 1959 during the Time Out sessions. From left to right: Joe Morello, Paul Desmond, Dave Brubeck, Eugene Wright.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1967; left to right: Joe Morello, Eugene Wright, Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond
Brubeck in 2004
Brubeck in Ludwigshafen, Germany, in 2005
Dave Brubeck (third from left), among Kennedy Center honorees 2009, flanked by President and Mrs. Obama at the Blue Room, White House, December 6, 2009 (his 89th birthday)
Dave Brubeck at the White House for the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors

In 1996, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

David Bowie

English singer-songwriter and actor.

Bowie in Chicago, 2002
A trade ad photo of Bowie in 1967
Bowie and Tony Defries at Andy Warhol's Pork at London's Roundhouse in 1971.
Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1972–1973
Bowie performing "Rebel Rebel" on TopPop in 1974
Bowie performing during Diamond Dogs Tour, 1974
Bowie, making his US television debut, performs with Cher on the variety show Cher, 1975
Bowie as the Thin White Duke at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, 1976
Apartment building at Hauptstraße 155, Schöneberg, Berlin, where Bowie lived from 1976 to 1978
Bowie performing in Oslo, Norway, 1978
Serious Moonlight Tour, 1983
Bowie performing during the Glass Spider Tour, 1987
Bowie in Chile during the Sound+Vision Tour, 1990
Bowie performing in Turku, Finland, 1997
Bowie on stage with Sterling Campbell during the Heathen Tour, 2002
Bowie performing in Dublin, Ireland, in November 2003 during the A Reality Tour—his last tour before his 2006 retirement from touring.
Bowie with his son Duncan Jones at the premiere of Jones's directorial debut Moon, 2009
Bowie's costume from Labyrinth at the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle
Bowie's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Berlin memorial plaque, Hauptstraße 155, in Schöneberg, Germany
Bowie's Vox Mark VI guitar in the Hard Rock Cafe, Warsaw, Poland
Bowie and wife Iman, 2009
A woman places flowers outside Bowie's apartment in New York on Lafayette Street the day after his death was announced.
Variety of Bowie's outfits on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Statue of Bowie in different guises in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, the town where he debuted Ziggy Stardust in 1972

Bowie was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on 8 February 2006.

Elvis Presley

American singer and actor.

Presley in a publicity photograph for the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock
Presley's birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi
A photo of Elvis's parents at the Historic Blue Moon Museum in Verona, Mississippi
Presley in a Sun Records promotional photograph, 1954
The "iconic cover" of Presley's 1956 debut album, an image crucial in codifying the guitar as the defining instrument of rock and roll
Presley signing autographs in Minneapolis in 1956
Ed Sullivan and Presley during rehearsals for his second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, October 26, 1956
Presley performing live at the Mississippi-Alabama Fairgrounds in Tupelo, September 26, 1956
Presley and costar Judy Tyler in the trailer for Jailhouse Rock, released October 1957
Presley being sworn into the U.S. Army at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, March 24, 1958
Presley with Juliet Prowse in G.I. Blues
The '68 Comeback Special produced "one of the most famous images" of Presley. Taken on June 29, 1968, it was adapted for the cover of Rolling Stone in July 1969.
Presley meets U.S. President Richard Nixon in the White House Oval Office, December 21, 1970
Presley with friends Bill Porter and Paul Anka backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton on August 5, 1972
Presley came up with his outfit's eagle motif, as "something that would say 'America' to the world"
Presley's gravestone at Graceland
Presley with his longtime vocal backup group, the Jordanaires, March 1957
Publicity photo for the CBS program Stage Show, January 16, 1956
Poster for the film Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), visualizing Presley's sex symbol image
Presley and Colonel Tom Parker, 1969
A group of Elvis impersonators in 2005
Presley's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6777 Hollywood Blvd
Presley meets U.S. President Richard Nixon in the White House Oval Office, December 21, 1970

Presley won three Grammy Awards, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.