Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs is to be honoured posthumously with the infamous tech visionary to be awarded a Special Merit Grammy for his contribution to the music industry.
Jobs, who sadly died in October following a long battle with cancer, is to be handed one of the Grammy’s Trustees Awards that recognise “outstanding contributions to the industry in a non-performing capacity.”
Despite a number of artists attacking iTunes for the demise of physical music releases, retailers blaming Apple’s online music store for the death of the highstreet and competitor’s hitting out at the service’s monopoly stranglehold of the digital music scene, there is no denying, Jobs’ iTunes and iPod brainchild has altered the music scene for good.
"This year's honorees offer a variety of brilliance, contributions and lasting impressions on our culture,” said Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy. He added: "It is an honour to recognise such a diverse group of individuals whose talents and achievements have had an indelible impact on our industry."
Portnow went on to reveal that Apple’s former head honcho is to be honoured for his part in creating and pioneering “products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books.”
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