Sunday, February 12, 2012

Steve Jobs awarded posthumous Grammy Trustees Award

For the late Steve Jobs, the awards just keep on coming. On Saturday night, Feb. 11, 2012, he was awarded a Grammy Trustees Award, and Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, accepted the award, posthumously, on his behalf.

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences awards its Grammy Trustees Award annually to "individuals who, during their careers in music, have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording." Past recipients include the late Don Cornelius, the New York Philharmonic, Clive Davis, Walt Disney and Dick Clark.

Jobs' award was part of the Grammy Special Merit Awards. His award was given for helping "to create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books."

Cue accepted the award for Jobs. His acceptance speech is embedded below, and is as follows:

"On behalf of Steve's wife, Laurene, his children, and everyone at Apple, I'd like to thank you for honoring Steve with the Trustees Grammy Award. Steve was a visionary, a mentor, and a very close friend. I had the incredible honor of working with him for the last fifteen years.

"Accepting this award means so much to me because music meant so much to him. He told us that music shaped his made him who he was. Everyone that knows Steve knows the profound impact that artists like Bob Dylan and The Beatles had on him.

"Steve was focused on bringing music to everyone in innovative ways. We talked about it every single day. When he introduced the iPod in 2001, people asked 'Why is Apple making a music player?' His answer was simple: 'We love music, and it's always good to do something you love.'

"His family and I know that this Grammy would have been very special to him, so I thank you for honoring him today."

"Steve was a visionary, a mentor, and a very close friend," Cue said. "I had the incredible honor of working with him for the last 15 years. Accepting this award means so much to me, because music meant so much to him."

Along with Steve Jobs, prominent New Orleans band leader and arranger Dave Bartholomew and Rudy Van Gelder, an American recording engineer specializing in jazz, we also given Grammy Trustees Awards.

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