updated 09:05 pm EST, Wed December 21, 2011
Jobs posthumously honored with Grammy for music
The Recording Academy on Wednesday awarded the late Steve Jobs with a posthumous Special Merit Grammy for his contributions to music. He received the Trustees Award for "outstanding contributions" to music outside of performance. In a statement, the Academy praised Jobs for blurring the lines between technology and art through through iTunes, the iPod, and other fields.
"Visionary, pioneer, innovator, genius -- all of these words and more have been used to describe the dynamic, passionate, and driven Steve Jobs, who always believed, and often proved, that the impossible was possible," the statement read. "He took technology and turned it into art, becoming a key player and leader in the entertainment world, particularly music, and changing the way we all use the Internet and consume music, TV, movies, books, graphics, and more. In 2002, Apple Computer, Inc. was a recipient of the Technical GRAMMY® Award for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field -- which the groundbreaking company continues to achieve to this day. The world has lost an inspiring and creative inventor whose extraordinary legacy will forever remain present in our lives. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his friends, and the outstanding employees of Apple who will continue to honor his memory and vision."
The award will be given on February 11, a day before the televised ceremony, but may be acknowledged during a segment of the live show.
Although complimentary, the industry often distrusted Jobs early on during the branching out into music. Even several years into its life, the RIAA distrusted the iPod as a possible vehicle for piracy. Apple was also accused of shackling the music industry by making it dependent on the success of iTunes and Apple's terms, many of which were dictated at a high level by Jobs.
Many of the former critics now credit Jobs in hindsight, first by making portable digital music popular and later by proving that there was an avenue for by-the-track digital music sales. Insisting on pulling DRM altogether rather than adopting a generic system like Microsoft's PlaysForSure also proved that removing copy protection locks didn't discourage music sales.