Posthumous Grammy To Shankar
Just one day after his death at age 92, Indian music legend Ravi Shankar has been named a recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Shankar learned of the honor last week, when he received a call from Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy. "He was deeply touched and so pleased that he extended a gracious and personal invitation to visit with him at his home," Portnow said in a statement.
Shankar won his first Grammy for 1967's West Meets East, a collaboration with Yehudi Menuhin, which was voted Best Chamber Music Performance. In March 1973, Shankar was among the winners for Album of the Year for George Harrison & Friends' The Concert For Bangla Desh. He shared the prize with Harrison, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton and Klaus Voormann. Shankar won his most recent Grammy for 2001's Full Circle—Carnegie Hall 2000, which was voted Best World Music Album.
This year's other Lifetime Achievement Award winners are Carole King, The Temptations, Patti Page, classical pianist Glenn Gould, jazz bassist and composer Charlie Haden and blues singer/guitarist Lightnin' Hopkins.
Trustees Awards (given to non-performers) went to songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Chess Records founders Leonard and Phil Chess and Capitol Records executive Alan Livingston.
Carole King, 70, and her former husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin received a Trustees Award in 2004, honoring their work as Brill Building songwriters of the early 1960s. King is the eighth artist to win both a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Trustees Award. She follows Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, classical conductor George Solti, Count Basie and Burt Bacharach.
In March 1972, King became the first female artist to sweep Grammys for Album, Record and Song of the Year. She won for Tapestry, "It's Too Late" and "You've Got A Friend," respectively. In all the years since, just two other female artists, Dixie Chicks and Adele, have equaled the feat. King is the second artist associated with the "Laurel Canyon rock" movement of the early '70s to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Joni Mitchell was saluted in 2002.
The Temptations are the seventh act that rose to fame on Motown Records to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. The fabled quintet follows Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, the Four Tops, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. In addition, The Funk Brothers, the session musicians that played on countless Motown hits, received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. received a Trustees Award in 1991.
In March 1969, the Temptations brought home Motown's first Grammy: Best Rhythm & Blues Performance by a Duo or Group for "Cloud Nine." They won two awards for their 1972 classic "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone." They won their most recent Grammy for 2000's Ear-Resistible, which was voted Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album.