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Steve Jobs to Receive Posthumous Grammy

Posted on December 23, 2011

The late former Apple CEO Steve Jobs continues to reel in the awards and recognitions even after his demise. This time, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is set to honor Jobs with a posthumous Grammy, naming him a Trustees Award honoree.

According to a statement from the NARAS, Jobs will be honored for “his long-standing career of innovation” that helped “create products and technology to transform the way we consume music, TV, movies, and book.” Jobs is known, among other things, for his role in the creation of the iPod portable media device as well as in convincing major record companies to sell their music on the iTunes. The online retailer has sold over 16 billion songs since its launch on April 28, 2003.

The 2012 Special Merit Award will be presented at an invitation-only ceremony on February 11, 2012. A formal acknowledgment will also be made during the 54th annual Grammy Awards a day after.

Reaction over the announcement has been mixed. One reader on Mashable said that Jobs’ only innovation in the music industry is how songs are being sold, enabling iTunes users to buy individual tracks instead of whole albums back in the day. Another reader agreed, adding that the iPod is not the first portable media device around.

Meanwhile, fans of Steve Jobs were elated, but dismayed over the fact that he had to die before the Academy decided to award him with an honorary Grammy.

Source: Mashable



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