The Beatles, Kraftwerk, and the Isley Brothers are among a group to be honored with the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Awards early next year. Other artists receiving the honor include singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, Zydeco virtuoso Clifton Chenier, Mexican singer Armando Manzanero and violinist Maud Powell. The ceremony will takes place on January 25th, the night before the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
Additionally, rock photographer Jim Marshall, legendary film composer Ennio Morricone and Rick Hall, the owner of FAME Studios, will all receive the Recording Academy’s Trustees award, which recognizes notable contributions in recording outside of performance.
“It is a great privilege to recognize such an exceptional group of honorees and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the recording industry,” Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. “Their legacies are timeless and legendary, and their creativity will continue to influence and inspire future generations.”
The award is perhaps the only accolade that The Beatles have not yet received. The group were nominated for 25 awards, taking home eight Grammys, including Best New Artist in 1965 and the 1968 Album of the Year for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Founding member Paul McCartney has continued the tradition and was nominated for three awards at the 2014 Grammys.
Krautrock pioneers Kraftwerk will collect their Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award just a few weeks before the group’s Los Angeles residency is scheduled to begin. Like their lauded performance at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the band will set up their podiums and laptops at the Walt Disney Concert Hall to perform each of their albums over the course of a eight-night run.
While the Special Merit Awards ceremony is closed to the public, the honors will be addressed during the 2014 Grammys telecast, which airs live on CBS on January 26.