Queen Will Receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Queen are part of the Grammy's list of Lifetime Achievement Award honorees this year, along with Neil Diamond, the Meters, Louis Jordan, Emmylou Harris, Hal Blaine and Tina Turner.
Queen, who already have two recordings in the Grammy Hall of Fame, were co-founded by John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor. Their initial greatest-hits compilation became the first ever to sell more than 6 million copies in the U.K. Queen have continued after Mercury's 1991 death with guest singers, including Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert.
This year's Trustees Awards honorees include legendary rock promoter and manager Bill Graham, along with Seymour Stein and John Williams. Technical Grammy awards will be given to Tony Agnello and Richard Factor, whose company Eventide invented and produced a series of groundbreaking audio effects devices.
A special award presentation and concert in celebration of these award winners will be held this summer. Additional details on the even are still forthcoming.
"This year's Special Merit Awards recipients are a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history," Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a news release. "These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy."
Blaine, as founder and drummer of the session group the Wrecking Crew, appeared on albums by the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and countless others. He also collaborated with fellow honoree Neil Diamond on "Song Sung Blue." The Meters toured and performed with legends including Dr. John, Robert Palmer, the Rolling Stones and others, and were Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees this past year.