Sitar legend Ravi Shankar was on Sunday posthumously awarded the best world music album trophy at the 55th Grammys, beating his daughter Anoushka Shankar, a day after being honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award by The Recording Academy.
Pandit Shankar’s album ‘The Living Room Sessions Part 1’ saw off competition from Ms. Anoushka Shankar’s ‘Traveller’; Amadou & Mariam’s ’Folila’; Daneil Ho’s ‘On A Gentle Island Breeze’; and Hugh Masekela’s ‘Jabulani’.
Ms. Anoushka Shankar accepted the award on the sitar maestro’s behalf at music’s biggest night at the Staples Centre here, saying, “It’s OK to lose to your father.” Pandit Shankar passed away on December 11 at 92, following a heart-valve replacement surgery in San Diego.
Ms. Anoushka Shankar received the Lifetime Achievement award on Saturday, along with Pandit Shankar’s other daughter Norah Jones, at the Academy’s Special Merit Awards celebration.
Beatles icon Paul McCartney won the Best traditional pop vocal album for his ‘Kisses On The Bottom’.