Thursday, December 10, 2009
– Loretta Lynn and Harold Bradley were among those honored by the Recording Academy with special awards. Lynn received, along with Leonard Cohen, Bobby Darin, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Michael Jackson, Andre Previn and Clark Terry, Lifetime Achievement Award. Bradley took a Trustees Award along with Florence Greenberg and Walter C. Miller.
AKG and Thomas Alva Edison were Technical Grammy Award honorees.
The special invitation-only ceremony will be held during Grammy Week on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards telecast in Los Angeles.
"This year's honorees are a prestigious group of diverse and prominent creators who have contributed some of the most distinguished and influential recordings," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy that has positively affected multiple generations, and will continue to influence generations to come. It is an honor and privilege to recognize such talented individuals who have had and will continue to have such an influence in both our culture and the music industry."
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium while the Trustees Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the industry in a non-performing capacity. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees.
Three-time Grammy winner Lynn has been in the industry for nearly 50 years. She gained success when her 1960 debut single I'm A Honky Tonk Girl became a huge hit. Throughout her illustrious career, Lynn has had more than 70 hits including You Ain't Woman Enough, Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind) and Coal Miner's Daughter, which was also the name of her autobiography that was later adapted into a Hollywood film. In 1971, she began a professional partnership with fellow country artist Conway Twitty and the pair became one of the most successful duos in country history. In 2004, at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, Lynn won a pair of Grammys for her collaboration with Jack White on the album "Van Lear Rose."
In the mid 1950s, Bradley built Nashville's Music Row's first recording facility, the Quonset Hut, with his brother Owen. He was president of AFM Local 257 for 17 years and has served as its international vice president for the past 10 years. He was the first president of The Recording Academy's Nashville Chapter and was also a Nashville session musician for more than 50 years, which earned him a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
Miller has worked in television for more than 60 years as a producer and director of the Tony Awards, Country Music Awards and for the last 29 years, the Grammy Awards.