The Recording Academy announced the full list of honorees for its 2021 Special Merit Awards on Tuesday. Other honorees — to be recognized at the annual awards show — include Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Lionel Hampton, Marilyn Horne, Salt-N-Pepa and Talking Heads. Additionally, Ed Cherney, Benny Golson and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds are Trustees Award honorees, while Daniel Weiss is the Technical GRAMMY Award recipient.
“As we welcome the new class of Special Merit Award honorees, it gives us a chance to reward and recognize the influence they’ve had in the music community regardless of genre,” Harvey Mason Jr., Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy, shared in a statement. “As a music creator and music lover, I am grateful that we are able to look back at our influences and see the impact that they have made on our community. In a year where music has helped keep us together, I look forward to honoring this iconic group of music creators.”
A press release states that “given the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, more details about the special award presentation event will be announced at a later date.”