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Blackwell, Bradley, Schmitt will earn Trustees Awards

The Recording Academy will bestow Lifetime Achievement Awards this year on David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, blues musician Robert Johnson, Jessye Norman, Richard Pryor and folk act the Weavers.

Formal acknowledgment of the special merit awards will be made at a ceremony during Grammy Week on Feb. 7.

Academy will also honor label owner Chris Blackwell, producer Owen Bradley and engineer Al Schmitt with Trustees Awards, while the Technical Grammy will go to Tom Dowd and Bell Labs/Western Electric.

Mo Ostin, who ran Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records and the DreamWorks label, will be honored at the Salute to Industry Icons gala held immediately following the Grammy ceremony on Feb. 8. Acknowledgment of the other merit awards will be made at a ceremony Feb. 7.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium, while the Trustees Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the industry in a nonperforming capacity. Both awards are decided by vote of the Recording Academy’s national trustees. Technical award recipients are determined by vote of the members of the Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing and the Academy’s trustees.

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