Steve Jobs to receive special Grammy award for revolutionizing music industry

The Recording Academy has announced they'll be honoring Steve Jobs with a Special Merit Grammy Award for revolutionizing the music industry based on the massive success of Apple's iTunes Music Store

As former CEO and co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs helped create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books. A creative visionary, Jobs' innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store, revolutionized the industry and how music was distributed and purchased. In 2002 Apple Computer Inc. was a recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. The company continues to lead the way with new technology and in-demand products such as the iPhone and iPad.

The Academy will be holding a special awards ceremony honoring other visionaries with Lifetime Achievement Awards as well as Technical Grammy Awards on Saturday, February 11th, including a special Trustee Award honoring Steve Jobs for his contributions to the music industry at the official Grammy event the following day.

Source: Recording Academy via MacRumors

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