Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar, who died Tuesday, leads the Recording Academy’s list of 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, announced Wednesday.
In a statement issued late Tuesday acknowledging Shankar’s passing, Recording Academy prexy/CEO Neil Portnow said, “Just last week, I had the honor to inform him that he would receive a 2013 Lifetime Achievement this February. He was deeply touched and so pleased, that he extended a gracious and personal invitation to visit with him at his home.”
Other Lifetime Achievement honorees include singer-songwriter Carole King, jazz bassist Charlie Haden, ’50s pop vocal star Patti Page, Motown singing group the Temptations, and the late Texas bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins and classical pianist Glenn Gould.
Tapped for NARAS’ Trustees Awards, presented to non-performers, were songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman; Leonard and Phil Chess, co-founders of Chicago’s legendary blues, rock ‘n’ roll and R&B label Chess Records; and the late Capitol Records executive Alan Livingston.
The year’s Technical Grammy Award recipients are Roland Corp. founder Ikutaro Kakehashi and Sequential Circuits prexy Dave Smith, who developed MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technology, and Royer Labs, developers of the ribbon microphone.
The academy’s special merit honorees will be feted during Grammy Week in L.A. in February.