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December 23, 2011

Steve Jobs Honored With Posthumous Grammy

By Monica Gleberman, Contributing Writer

Steve Jobs (News - Alert), Apple’s CEO who passed away a few months ago, has been receiving awards and honors since his death. In tribute of Jobs, there has been a Mythbusters style documentary, an 80-minute tribute video, an iPad 2 snowboard, a seven-foot tall bronze statue that stands in Budapest, and Barbara Walters giving him the title of the most fascinating person of 2011.

Now, Jobs family will be receiving another award in honor of the CEO. Jobs will be receiving a Grammy award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) in honor of all of his technological innovations.

Jobs, was named a recipient of the Trustees Award, which is given to people who have made outstanding contributions to the industry in a nonperforming capacity.

The Grammy is appropriate, said some of those who covered the announcement, since recording was one of the many businesses Jobs changed forever. When Apple (News - Alert) released the first iPod a decade ago, people could put their entire record collections in their pocket – and music publishers were given a new weapon against online music sharing.

“Steve Jobs helped create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books,” said the academy. “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.”

The fact that NARAS now publicly acknowledged the contributions of Jobs to the music business is a milestone. It’s significant in light of the fact that he is the only person in this year’s Special Merit Awards recipient list that is not directly involved in the creation or recording of music as an artist or studio engineer.

However, not everyone would agree that Jobs should receive the award. Back in March, just eight months before the death of Job’s the rock star essentially said all the trouble the music business has been facing is directly due to Jobs. “I hate to sound like an old man now, but I am, and you mark my words, in a generation from now people are going to say: ‘What happened?’ Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business.”

The rock star did receive backlash from fans who defended Jobs, but that didn’t diminish the impact of the rock icon’s statement. Other musicians have also publicly stated that they would boycott iTunes.

Edited by Jennifer Russell
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