Nina Simone, legendary singer and songwriter, is to be honored by the Recording Academy with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Special Merit Awards.
Nina Simone had an exceptional career with over 40 albums recorded throughout five decades. She is widely recognized for her moving interpretations of “Feeling Good”, “I loves You, Porgy”, and “Sinnerman”. She was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame back in 2000. Simone passed in 2003 but her presence continues to have a significant impact in the world of music and pop culture. Simone has three separate biopics about her life being released, including Oscar Nominated, Liz Garbus-helmed “What Happened, Miss Simone.”
Lifetime Achievement Awards are given to individuals who have made a significant impact in the recording industry.
President and CEO of The Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, had this to say, “This year’s Special Merit Awards recipients comprise a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history.These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their respective crafts have created a timeless legacy.”
Others set to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards are Ahmad Jamal, The Velvet Underground, Shirley Caesar, Sly Stone, Charley Pride, and Jimmie Rodgers.