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Steve Jobs to be awarded a posthumous Grammy for contributions to the music industry

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Steve Jobs to be awarded a posthumous Grammy for contributions to the music industry
This year’s Grammys awards will honor late Steve Jobs with a Special Merit Award and a tribute, the Recording Academy organizing the awards said. He will receive a posthumous Grammy for “outstanding contributions to the industry in a nonperforming capacity.” 

Jobs will be honored for being a part of creating “products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books."

"A creative visionary, Jobs’ innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store, revolutionized the industry and how music was distributed and purchased. In 2002 Apple Computer Inc. was a recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. The company continues to lead the way with new technology and in-demand products such as the iPhone and iPad,” the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said in a statement.

Jobs died in October after a long battle with pancreatic cancer and was widely recognized as one of the most prominent (if not the most prominent) figures in technology in the past years. 

Steve Jobs to be awarded a posthumous Grammy for contributions to the music industry
Jobs is the only person without a direct input in music to be honored at the awards. Brazilian Tom Jobim who composed the “Girl from Ipanema” which has become almost the unofficial anthem of the country and singer Diana Ross will be paid a special tribute as well at the Grammys.

"This year's honorees offer a variety of brilliance, contributions and lasting impressions on our culture," Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy, said. "It is an honor to recognize such a diverse group of individuals whose talents and achievements have had an indelible impact on our industry."

The 2012 Grammys awards ceremony will be held on February 12th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

source: Grammy via AFP

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posted on 22 Dec 2011, 05:24 6

1. seeds (Posts: 48; Member since: 13 Apr 2011)


just asking...
if steve not dead, will he got this award ?
just asking
sory for my bad english

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 06:18 7

4. bossmt_2 (Posts: 421; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Most likely not, they would probably have considered it sometime down the road.

MP3 was a game changer, and the iPod was hands down the biggest MP3 player, almost to the point that iPod is synonymous with an MP3 player.

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 05:37 3

2. breathlesstao (Posts: 66; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)


Yeah, if he'd be so deserving and all that, they'd've thought of this while he was alive. What's next, Oscar? Laurence Olivier? Nobe Peace? -_-

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 17:28 2

15. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Okay...I know there is a lot of hate for Steve Jobs and Apple...and that's cool. But think about it. iTunes helped make downloading music legit. There may have been online music stores, but iTunes made it popular.

I'm a lead singer of a band and iTunes is probably the best thing for my band. Instead of needing to be signed to a label and paying to be in Best Buy and Target, I can independently put my music on a national music store for anyone to download. I also don't have to pay for hard copies of CDs. For a small time band like mine, it's fuggin expensive. Even for larger labels, the artist doesn't get paid much on CDs sold. Imagine how much folks will make when there is no hard copy to buy. Purists will be pissed, but it's better all around for most people. iTunes has literally changed everything about music distribution.

And it's making the industry embrace technology.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 00:51

17. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i get what your saying and as a music enthusiast i readily agree with you on the changes that itunes brought to the industry. But they brought them years ago.. and the grammys are about MAKING music, not about content delivery.

IF they were going to do it, they should have done it a while back. Regardless of WHO the award is given too, my issue is not the WHO its the WHY, and the why is... what?? for forcing the next obvious leap for music? Did the guy that invented the CD or Tape player get a grammy? I do remember bands making tapes and CDs.. heck they still do that.
With the advent of the internet a band can quite easily make a band page and have CDs burned off at request (or do it at home), or have their own music downloads right from the site. What exactly did iTunes do other than make it central and give apple a cut of the music industry.. while bombarding the user with new rules, DRM, and BS?

I've lived quite happily without ever using iTunes once in my life.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 14:50

18. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


maybe U dont use itunes, but for the millions of people who do, they appreciate this award and understand why he is getting it

posted on 26 Dec 2011, 09:12

20. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no.. i doubt they understand why he's getting it either.

again, what exactly did iTunes do besides make a central downloading place with standardized pricing and a ton of DRM where SJ could get a cut of music he didnt help create.. and had no part of other than providing a central marketplace? MP3's existed years and years before itunes. music downloading existed before itunes.. all of it existed before itunes. He just forced people to filter through Apple.

BTW, the ipod may have sold hundreds of millions of devices, but there are billions of people in the world. More people went without one than went with one. Out of 20 friends, maybe 3 of them had an ipod.. and i hang with a tech savy crowd.

posted on 26 Dec 2011, 14:09

21. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


well i agree with the understanding because most people who use itunes probablyy dont even care about what happens to apple or steve jobs...

and ya, itunes brought together everything in the music industry and made it accessible to everyone... kind of like the ipad.. ya sure it existed before, but who really made decent tablets before the ipad? just like itunes.. itunes made it posible for everyone to quickly and easily get music and have it with them everywhere and not have to worry about cds... and ya, just like every single thing in life, someone is making/loosing money (in other words i dont think its a great argument that he made money, everyone makes money somewhere)

and if you are trying to argue that not that many people have ipods... seriously? no doubt there are billions of people, but how many even have access to ipods and can afford them.. theat is a significantly reduced number.. and i bet many more people use itunes than have ipods.. and the friends thing is pretty opinionated.. almost every single one of my friends has/had some form of an ipod..

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 06:12 3

3. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


is he the one who invented those iDevices? (^^^)

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 09:07 4

5. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


whats next, obama winning the nobel peace prize just for being elected, or al gore winning for making a documentry full of lies??

ooooooooh wait.

yep.. our society is run by morons.

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 09:53 5

7. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


The only moron I see here is you

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 10:14 4

8. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


wow you see him too?.. cool i thought it was only me,

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 10:31 2

9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no, your not the only moron here gallito. dont be so hard on your self. miz and gemini are around here too.. lol

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 10:31

10. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Aww look, a baseless attack. how cute.

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 12:47

13. xiobnb (Posts: 74; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


um you mean you ???

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 09:30

6. rendHELL (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


This is the PROOF that when you DIE... You will be recognized and given an award (if not many Awards)...

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 11:45 2

11. jacko (unregistered)


innovations such as the iPod
bull f**kin s**t things like that really piss's me off
he copyed it ffs

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 14:54

19. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


no he copied the IDEA... nobody made an iPod before steve jobs.. they made cluttered large mp3 players.. its like saying someone made the macbook air before apple because there were computers... no, apple invented the macbook air, and yes someone made a computer before, but not a macbook air

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 17:52

16. audiblenarcotic (Posts: 108; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


I will be the first person to hate on both Apple and Steve Jobs (and for good reason in most cases), but this is something i I'm pretty inclined to agree with. Were there MP3 players around before the iPod... yes. Were any of them even close to the functionality of the iPod no. Lucky enough though this award isn't for inventing the MP3 player, it's for "contibutions to the music industry".

At the time that the iPod and iTunes were released the music industry was in a downward spiral due to Napter and other P2P file sharing programs that we were all pirating music off of. While record companies were fighting to try and stop all of this and were completely against digital music in all forms, Steve was able to see the forest from the trees. He realized that this medium was going to be the way of the future and created a way for people to legally get downloaded music. Making music cheaper for the consumer and also profitable for the music industry. No longer would you have to go and buy a CD from the store when you can have it at the tip of your fingers without having to leave the house. No longer would companies spend the money on packaging, physical meduim, or shipping of this. Not only making it cheaper for the record companies to produce thier product but also cutting back substaintially on the negative environmental effects that came along with the old way of doing things.

Granted there are still things that I don't like about the way Apple and Steve did everything. The encryption on files so that you could only load then to an Apple product for one is something that I never liked and therefore never bought through iTunes personally. But anyone would have to admit that this was a huge game changer in the music industry. There are plenty of other reasons for everyone to come to these boards and hate on Apple and Steve. In most cases I will be right there along with you. This isn't one of them though.

If you would like to hate on anything then I would hate on the fact that this article is in almost no way related to phones with the exception that we can play music on our phones.

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