The Recording Academy announced the winners of its annual Special Merit Grammy awards today and Steve Jobs is a recipient of the Trustees Award for 2012. The Trustees Award category honors those who have made significant contributions to music in areas outside of performance.
Steve Jobs won a Grammy. Let that sink in for a minute. The man who bent record executives backwards over a lead-spiked barrel and branded them with an Apple logo was honored with one of the most prestigious awards handed out by the Recording Academy.
The press release from the Academy says it all:
As former CEO and co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs helped create 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.
I wonder how many recording industry executives still grind their teeth at night thinking about the terms they agreed to when signing their lives over to Jobs and iTunes.