The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by The Recording Academy to "performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording." This award is distinct from the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, which honors specific recordings rather than individuals, and the Grammy Trustees Award, which honors non-performers.
The following individuals have received Lifetime Achievement Awards, listed by year.
|1972||Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson|
|1984||Chuck Berry, Charlie Parker|
|1986||Benny Goodman, The Rolling Stones, Andrés Segovia|
|1987||Roy Acuff, Benny Carter, Enrico Caruso, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Woody Herman, Billie Holiday, B.B. King, Isaac Stern, Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Toscanini, Hank Williams|
|1989||Fred Astaire, Pablo Casals, Dizzy Gillespie, Jascha Heifetz, Lena Horne, Leontyne Price, Bessie Smith, Art Tatum, Sarah Vaughan|
|1990||Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Vladimir Horowitz, Paul McCartney|
|1991||Marian Anderson, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Kitty Wells|
|1992||James Brown, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters|
|1993||Chet Atkins, Little Richard, Thelonious Monk, Bill Monroe, Pete Seeger, Fats Waller|
|1994||Bill Evans, Aretha Franklin, Arthur Rubinstein|
|1995||Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee, Henry Mancini, Curtis Mayfield, Barbra Streisand|
|1996||Dave Brubeck, Marvin Gaye, Georg Solti, Stevie Wonder|
|1997||Bobby "Blue" Bland, The Everly Brothers, Judy Garland, Stéphane Grappelli, Buddy Holly, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson, Frank Zappa|
|1998||Bo Diddley, Mills Brothers, Roy Orbison, Paul Robeson|
|1999||Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson, Mel Tormé|
|2000||Harry Belafonte, Woody Guthrie, John Lee Hooker, Mitch Miller, Willie Nelson|
|2001||The Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bob Marley, The Who|
|2002||Count Basie, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, Al Green, Joni Mitchell|
|2003||Etta James, Johnny Mathis, Glenn Miller, Tito Puente, Simon & Garfunkel|
|2004||Van Cliburn, The Funk Brothers, Ella Jenkins, Sonny Rollins, Artie Shaw, Doc Watson|
|2005||Eddy Arnold, Art Blakey, The Carter Family, Morton Gould, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jelly Roll Morton, Pinetop Perkins, The Staple Singers|
|2006||David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, Jessye Norman, Richard Pryor, The Weavers|
|2007||Joan Baez, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Maria Callas, Ornette Coleman, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Bob Wills|
|2008||Burt Bacharach, The Band, Cab Calloway, Doris Day, Itzhak Perlman, Max Roach, Earl Scruggs|
|2009||Gene Autry, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Four Tops, Hank Jones, Brenda Lee, Dean Martin, Tom Paxton|
|2010||Leonard Cohen, Bobby Darin, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Michael Jackson, Loretta Lynn, André Previn, Clark Terry|
|2011||Julie Andrews, Roy Haynes, Juilliard String Quartet, The Kingston Trio, Dolly Parton, Ramones, George Beverly Shea|||
|2012||The Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antônio Carlos Jobim, George Jones, The Memphis Horns, Diana Ross, Gil Scott-Heron|
|2013||Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin' Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page, Ravi Shankar, The Temptations|||
|2014||The Beatles, Clifton Chenier, The Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, Maud Powell|||
|2015||The Bee Gees, Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy, George Harrison, Flaco Jiménez, The Louvin Brothers, Wayne Shorter|||
|2016||Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, Run-D.M.C|||
|2017||Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, Velvet Underground|||
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