Career nods span musical boundaries

Gene Autry, Four Tops among Recording Acad honorees

Gene Autry, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Four Tops, Hank Jones, Brenda Lee, Dean Martin and Tom Paxton will receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award next year.

The honors will be handed out at a ceremony Feb. 7 and acknowledged during the Grammy telecast the next night.

In addition, George Avakian, Elliott Carter and Allen Toussaint will be honored with the Trustees Award, and Clarence "Leo" Fender and Universal Audio will receive the Technical Grammy Award.

"This year's recipients are a prestigious group of legendary performers, creative architects and technical visionaries who have made lasting contributions to the music and global communities," Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow said Monday. "Their outstanding accomplishments, legendary passion and artistry have positively affected our culture and will continue to influence and inspire generations to come."

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors artistic contributions to the recording medium, while the Trustees Award is for contributions to the music industry in a nonrecording capacity. The awards are determined by a vote of the Recording Academy's national board of trustees.

Technical Grammy recipients are determined by the trustees and a vote of the academy's Producers & Engineers Wing advisory council and chapter committees.