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Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Updated on March 6, 2008

Ray Charles Tribute - 1987 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

1989 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Winner - Lena Horne Tribute

The Recording Academy awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards to performers that have made outstanding contributions to the fields of music and recording during their lifetime.

The very first person to win a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award was Bing Crosby in 1962. Bing Crosby was a popular actor as well as singer. Bing also won an Oscar for Best Actor in Going My Way in 1945.

Frank Sinatra became the second person to be awarded with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1965. Other winners of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award during the 1960s were Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Irving Berlin.

Very few Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards were handed out during the 70s. The only people to receive them were Elvis Presley in 1971, and Louis Armstrong and Mahalia Jackson in 1972.

More Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards were handed out during the 80s. Some of the more well-known Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners were Fred Astaire in 1981, Chuck Berry in 1984, Benny Goodman and The Rolling Stones in 1986, Enrico Caruso, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Woody Herman, Billie Holiday, B.B. King, and Hank Williams, Sr. in 1987. Well-known Grammy Lifetime Achievement winners for 1989 were Fred Astaire, Dizzy Gillespie, Lena Horne, and Bessie Smith.

Meryl Streep Presents Paul McCartney with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Paul McCartney Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation part 2

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards were given out much more frequently during the 90s. 1990 Grammy Lifetime Achievement winners were Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Vladimir Horowitz, and Paul McCartney.

James Brown Tribute - Winner of 1992 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Marian Anderson, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Kitty Wells received the honor in 1991. James Brown, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, and Muddy Waters all received Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards in 1992.

Recording of Paul Robeson - 1998 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Popular winners in 1993 were Chet Atkins, Little Richard, and Bill Monroe. 1994 winners included Bill Evans, Aretha Franklin, and Arthur Rubinstein. Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee, Henry Mancini, Curtis Mayfield, and Barbra Streisand were honored in 1995. Winners in 1996 were Dave Brubeck, Marvin Gaye, Georg Solti, and Stevie Wonder. 1997 had many Grammy Lifetime Achievement winners. Some of the widely recognized names were The Everly Brothers, Judy Garland, Buddy Holly, and Frank Zappa. 1998 Grammy Lifetime honorees were Bo Diddley, The Mills Brothers, Roy Orbison, and Paul Robeson.

Janis Joplin Tribute - 2005 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

1999 Grammy Lifetime Achievement winners were all household names- Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson, and Mel Torme.

2000 winners for Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards were Harry Belafonte, Woody Guthrie, John Lee Hooker, Mitch Miller, and Willie Nelson. 2001 included The Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bob Marley, and The Who. 2002 Lifetime Achievement winners were Count Basie, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, Al Green, and Joni Mitchell. 2003 awards went to Etta James, Johnny Mathis, Glenn Miller, Tito Puente, and Simon and Garfunkel. There were many Grammy Lifetime Achievement awards from 2004-2008.

The Doors Tribute - Recipients of 2007 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Some of the more notable Grammy Lifetime Achievement winners were The Funk Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Van Cliburn, The Carter Family, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Jerry Lee Lewis, David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, Richard Pryor, Joan Baez, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Burt Bacharach, The Band, Doris Day, Max Roach, and Earl Scruggs.


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    • Kosmo profile image

      Kelley 6 years ago from California

      I really like this hub; it's interesting to see who won these awards over the years. Bing Crosby - OMG!?... Unfortunately, some of your videos are no longer available - that's the problem with using those darn video capsules. I know your pain. Later!

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Bing Crosby has been gone for more than 30 years now, Angela, but he'll never be forgotten. According to Guinness, he still has the longest continuous active fan club in America, the International Club Crosby, which puts out three "Bing" magazine editions a year.