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'Grammys': Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, The Beatles among Lifetime Achievement honorees


The Recording Academy announced its Special Merit Awards recipients. This year's honorees are: the Beatles, Armando Manzanero, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson and Maud Powell as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Rick Hall, Jim Marshall and Ennio Morricone will be honored as Trustees Award honorees; with Emile Berliner and Lexicon as Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.

The special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

"It is a great privilege to recognize such an exceptional group of honorees and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the recording industry," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This astoundingly unique and gifted group have created some of the most distinguished and influential work in our musical history. Their legacies are timeless and legendary, and their creativity will continue to influence and inspire future generations."

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. 

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