Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The Recording Academy announced this week all of the recipients of this year’s Special Merit Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Trustees Awards and Technical Grammy Awards.

Honorees include Hal Blaine, Tina, Turner, Queen, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, the Meters and R&B pioneer Louis Jordan.

“This year’s Special Merit Awards recipients are a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy.”

Bill Graham, Seymour Stein and soundtrack king—John Williams—will receive the Trustees Award. Tony Agnello and Richard Factor are the Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.

In addition, the show has added more performers to its roster including Bruno Mars, Cardi B and SZA. The Grammy Awards air on Sunday, January 28 on CBS.

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