Indian music legend Pandit Ravi Shankar has been named a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award recipient, a day after his death at 92 in a U.S. hospital.
The sitar maestro will be posthumously honoured at a ceremony in Los Angeles on February 9. Last week, Ravi Shankar was named as one of the Grammy nominees for Best World Music Album. It is a category in which his daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka, 31, is also nominated, marking what appears to be the first time that a father and daughter’s albums will be competing for the same honour at the Grammys.
In addition to Shankar, two other artists will receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously. They are: classical piano giant Glenn Gould, who died in 1982; and blues pioneer Lightnin’ Hopkins, who died the same year and at least indirectly helped lay the foundation for rock ‘n’ roll.
The other Grammy Lifetime Achievement awardees are singer Patti Page, 85, iconic singer-songwriter Carole King, 70; jazz bandleader and bass great Charlie Haden, 75, and the seminal soul vocal group The Temptations, whose sole surviving original member, Otis Williams, is 71.
The Academy has the privilege of honouring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honourees, said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, under whose auspices the Grammys are presented.IANS