Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin' Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page, Ravi Shankar And The Temptations Honored With The

 Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin' Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page, Ravi
   Shankar And The Temptations Honored With The Recording Academy® Lifetime
                              Achievement Award

Marilyn & Alan Bergman, Leonard & Phil Chess And Alan Livingston Honored With
Trustees Award

Ikutaro Kakehashi & Dave Smith And Royer Labs To Receive Technical Grammy®
Award

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2012

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Recording Academy^®
(www.grammy.com) announced  its Special Merit Awards recipients  today, and
this year's honorees are: Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin' Hopkins,
Carole King, Patti Page, Ravi Shankar and the Temptations as Lifetime
Achievement Award recipients; Marilyn & Alan Bergman, Leonard & Phil Chess and
Alan Livingston as Trustees Award honorees; and Ikutaro Kakehashi & Dave Smith
and Royer Labs as Technical GRAMMY^® Award recipients. A special
invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, Feb. 9,
2013, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 55th Annual GRAMMY ^
Awards^® telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS
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"Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring those who have
greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we
have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees," said Neil Portnow,
President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Their exceptional accomplishments,
contributions and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations
to come."

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions
of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording while the
Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance.
Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board
of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The
Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing^® Advisory Council and Chapter
Committees, as well as The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to
individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical
significance to the recording field.

About the Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees:
A prodigy and four-time GRAMMY winner, Glenn Gould* became one of the best
known and most celebrated classical pianists of his time with a style of
playing that was deeply expressive and rhythmically precise. In 1956 he earned
international recognition with his first Columbia release, Bach's Goldberg
Variations, but his repertoire went on to include such works by Beethoven,
Mozart, Haydn, Schoenberg, and Strauss. Gould, who was also a composer,
conductor, broadcaster and writer, often offered original, deeply personal and
shocking musical interpretations filled with extreme tempos, odd dynamics and
finicky phrasing that made him a unique talent.

A three-time GRAMMY winner Charlie Haden is an all-American jazz musician best
known for his signature lyrical bass lines and his ability to liberate the
bassist from an accompanying role. In addition to his groundbreaking work as
an original member of the Ornette Coleman Quartet, he has collaborated with
such jazz artists as Chet Baker, Ed Blackwell, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon,
Billy Higgins, Art Pepper, and Archie Shepp. Throughout his five decade
career, Haden has revolutionized the harmonic concept of bass playing and has
covered such genres as free jazz, Portuguese fado and vintage country.

Lightnin' Hopkins* was a Texas country/blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and
pianist whose career spanned more than six decades. He recorded approximately
1,000 songs, including such hits as "T-Model Blues," "Tim Moore's Farm" and
"Mojo Hand."Hopkins gained recognition with his intense mournful style and
his distinctive fingerstyle playing, earning him a spot on Rolling Stone's
list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Carole King is one of the most significant and talented singer/songwriters in
the modern era. King, along with songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, was honored
with a Recording Academy Trustees Award in 2004 for having written such
prolific hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "The Loco-Motion," "Chains," and
"I'm Into Something Good." In 1971 King released Tapestry, which included the
songs "I Feel The Earth Move," "It's Too Late," and "You've Got A Friend." The
album garnered four GRAMMY Awards including Album Of The Year, Song Of The
Year and Record Of The Year, and was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame^®
in 1998. In 2010, King joined friend and fellow singer/songwriter James Taylor
during the successful "Troubadour Reunion" tour. In 2012, she released her
New York Times best-selling autobiography A Natural Woman.

Throughout her seven-decade career, Patti Page has recorded a number of hits,
including "(How Much Is That) Doggie In The Window" and "I Went To Your
Wedding." Her unique and smooth vocal style seamlessly blended country and pop
music. Page's version of "Tennessee Waltz" was a best-selling single, and
landed her concurrently on the top of the pop, country, and R&B charts. Her
Live At Carnegie Hall — The 50th Anniversary Concert album garnered her a
GRAMMY in 1998 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. In 2009, Page
published This Is My Song: A Memoir.

As one of the world's most renowned sitar players, three-time GRAMMY winner
Ravi Shankar* is a true ambassador for international music. As a performer,
composer, teacher and writer, he is considered a pioneer in bringing Indian
music to the West. With a performance career spanning more than 80 years, he
has influenced a variety of musicians, including the Beatles, John Coltrane,
Philip Glass and his daughters, Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar. A
humanitarian and philanthropist, in 1971 Shankar, along with George Harrison,
organized the Concert for Bangladesh, which paved the way for many other
fundraising charity concerts.

Recognized for their slick choreography, distinct harmonies and flashy attire,
the Temptations are one of the most influential R&B acts in music. A Motown
staple, the Temptations pioneered their sound by focusing on songs that
reflected social change, politics, love and a strong connection to their
audience. In 1968, the group earned a GRAMMY Award for their performance of
the hit "Cloud Nine." Additionally; their hits "My Girl" and "Papa Was A
Rollin' Stone" have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, with the
latter recording garnering two GRAMMYs in 1972.

About the Trustees Award Honorees:
Songwriters Marilyn & Alan Bergman are two of the world's most distinguished
lyricists. Among their songs are such pop culture signatures as "Nice 'N'
Easy,""You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "The Windmills Of Your Mind," GRAMMY Song
Of The Year winner "The Way We Were,"and the themes for TV shows such as
"Maude" and "Good Times," among others. They have collaborated with many
renowned composers, Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, Cy Coleman, Henry
Mancini, Johnny Mandel, John Williams, and Quincy Jones. The pair has won
three Academy Awards^® and two GRAMMY Awards and were inducted into the
Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980, among other honors. The Bergmans have also
been active within the music industry and supported charitable organizations.
Marilyn served as president and chair of ASCAP for 15 years and in 2002, she
was appointed the first chair of the Library of Congress' National Sound
Recording Preservation Board.Alan serves as a board member for the Johnny
Mercer Foundation and the Artists' Rights
Foundation.

Through their Chess Records label, Chess Records founders Leonard* & Phil
Chess played a pivotal role in bringing wider attention to Chicago blues and
legendary artists such as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. But equally
important, they were instrumental in the birth of rock and roll. Signing and
recording rock legend Chuck Berry alone ranks the Chess brothers with Sun
Records founder Sam Phillips as the industry's most visionary rock and roll
leaders, but they also recorded what many critics argue was the first rock and
roll record: "Rocket '88'" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats. Ultimately,
Chess and its affiliates would sign other influential giants, including Bo
Diddley, Willie Dixon, Little Walter, and Etta James, among others. Nine Chess
recordings have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame to date.

There's only one industry leader who can be credited with bringing Bozo the
Clown, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and the Beach Boys under one roof: former
Capitol Records executive Alan Livingston*. Charged with forming a children's
division for Capitol in the '40s, Livingston created the Bozo character, which
remained popular into the '60s. After rising to an executive position at the
label in the '50s, he helped revive Sinatra's career, and in the '60s he was
instrumental in bringing the Beatles to the United States, as well as leading
Capitol into the rock era with such signings as the Band and Steve Miller.
Later, after joining 20th Century Fox Records, he co-produced The Story Of
Star Wars with George Lucas.

About the Technical GRAMMY Award Recipients:
In 1983, Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland Corporation, and Dave Smith,
president of Sequential Circuits, unveiled MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital
Interface). Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of MIDI, a
standard that motivated the cooperation of an entire industry and helped move
music technology into a new era. In a nearly unprecedented collaboration
between competing manufacturers, what would soon prove an inescapable new
technology was born when two competing manufacturers' electronic keyboards
were connected, enabling them to "talk" to one another using a new
communication standard. The announcement ultimately revolutionized the music
world. Today, MIDI is ubiquitous in the musical equipment industry, and is the
de facto standard feature on virtually every electronic music product made by
every manufacturer.

Royer Labs' line of ribbon microphones has made a profound difference in the
way engineers record music. The company's ribbon technology is extremely
natural sounding and brings a more realistic, analog sound and feel to digital
recordings and live sound reproduction. In the '90s, Royer Labs
single-handedly brought ribbon microphones into mainstream recording. Older
ribbon microphone designs had fallen out of use in the '60s due to low output
and because they were heavy and fragile. Royer designed a radically different
line of ribbon microphones — small, lightweight, durable, and achieving
incredible sound — which were revolutionary and moved the art of recording
forward. Royer's innovations continue to win the praise of artists, producers
and engineers today.

*Denotes posthumous.

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