Beatles to get Grammys lifetime achievement award
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Grammys organisers announced lifetime achievement awards on Thursday for The Beatles and six other acts, including the Isley Brothers and electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk.
Kris Kristofferson is also among artists who will get their awards in the week before the Jan 26 Grammys show, along with Mexican composer Armando Manzanero, creole "King of Zydeco" singer Clifton Chenier and late American violinist Maud Powell.
"It is a great privilege to recognise such an exceptional group of honorees and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the recording industry," said Mr Neil Portnow, head of the Recording Academy, which organises music's annual version of the Oscars.
The Academy described the seven-times Grammy-winning Beatles, also known as the "Fab Four", as one of the most influential groups in music history, whose music was "rooted in 1950s rock and roll" but developed to range from "pop ballads to psychedelic rock".