Stax Records co-founder Jim Stewart to receive special Grammy award
Late Stax Records co-founder Jim Stewart will receive a special Grammy award next month.
Stewart, who died Dec. 5 at the age of 92, was announced as part of The Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards Ceremony, which celebrates the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Award winners.
Stewart — who will be recognized with a Trustees Award, a lifetime achievement honor for non-performers — is the third Stax label visionary to garner a Special Merit Grammy. Stewart’s sister and Stax co-founder, Estelle Axton, was given the award in 2007. Al Bell, who later owned Stax, received the honor in 2011.
Stewart will be part of an illustrious a class of honorees for 2023. Grunge titans Nirvana, vocalist Bobby McFerrin, blues great Ma Rainey, Chic founder/guitarist/producer Nile Rodgers, rap pioneer Slick Rick "The Ruler," Motown legends The Supremes and rockers Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart will all receive Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Famed rock photographer Henry Diltz, jazz musician and educator Ellis Marsalis and Stewart will be given Trustees Awards, while the Audio Engineering Society and Auto-Tune inventor Dr. Andy Hildebrand will be the Technical Grammy Award honorees.
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"The Academy is proud to celebrate this diverse slate of influential music people spanning numerous genres and crafts," said Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, in a statement announcing the awards. "Each creator on this list has made an impact on our industry — from technical to creative achievements — representing the breadth of music's diverse community. We're excited to celebrate this group of legends next month that continues to inspire and shape the music world."
The Grammy Special Merit Awards will be handed out as part of a ceremony at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on Feb. 4, the night before the annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 5.
This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Grammy Awards: Stax co-founder Jim Stewart to receive Trustees Award