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CHARLEY PRIDE HONORED WITH THE RECORDING ACADEMY’S 2017 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

CHARLEY PRIDE HONORED WITH THE RECORDING ACADEMY’S 2017 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 19, 2016) – The
Recording Academy will honor three-time GRAMMY® award-winning country
music icon Charley Pride with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Three-time GRAMMY winner Charley Pride taught himself to play guitar
in his early teens, but he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball
player. After playing in the Negro American League, he was signed by RCA
Victor and in 1967 he became the first African-American singer to
perform at the Grand Ole Opry. (Later, in 1993, Pride became the Grande
Ole Opry’s first
African-American member.) “Just Between You And Me” launched Pride to
stardom, earning him his first GRAMMY nomination for 1966. In 1969,
Pride scored his first No. 1 country hit with “All I Have To Offer You
(Is Me).” The recognition led to a long and auspicious career for Pride,
who is considered the first African-American superstar in country
music.

The Recording Academy will also honor Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal,
Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone and the Velvet Underground with
the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“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,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.
“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.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates performers who have made
outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of
recording, while the Trustees Award honors contributions in areas other
than performance. The recipients are determined by vote of The Recording
Academy’s National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients
are voted on by The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory
Council and Chapter Committees, and are ratified by The Academy’s
Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and/or companies who
have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the
recording industry.

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