Gil Scott-Heron, who sadly died in May this year, will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy at the 2012 Grammy Awards in February. Of the award, the Grammy committee said in their press release:
“With his unique fusion of jazz, blues and spoken word, Gil Scott-Heron’s music influenced the creation of the rap genre. The first artist signed to Arista Records, his recordings such as “Johannesburg” and “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” were known for their sharp lyrics that commented on social and political issues. His songs also helped tell stories of African-Americans in the United States. Scott-Heron continued to record up until his death in 2011, releasing his most recent album, I’m New Here, in 2010.”
Diana Ross, George Jones and Glen Campbell are amongst those also receiving a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, while Apple boss Steve Jobs will be posthumously recognised for his services to music with a Trustees Award Grammy.
This announcement comes following the nominations news earlier this month, in which Kanye and Adele lead the way with seven nods each.