Recording Academy to Honor BMI Affiliates With 2016 GRAMMY Special Merit Awards

Posted in News on January 14, 2016

BMI is very proud to share the news that several of our affiliates have been slated to receive 2016 GRAMMY Special Merit Awards. As accolades tailored specifically to music creators who have elevated the music industry and enriched our collective cultural heritage with their work and their art, the Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards are among the organization’s most prestigious honors.

This year’s class includes acclaimed songwriter, musician and composer Herbie Hancock, influential American rock band Jefferson Airplane, rapper, writer and co-founder Rev Run of groundbreaking hip-hop duo Run DMC, versatile singer-songwriter Linda Ronstadt and the late R&B legend Ruth Brown, who have all been named as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

Also announced in the Special Merit Awards category were the recipients of the Academy’s Trustees Awards, among whom is songwriter, producer, Monument Records founder and longtime BMI affiliate Fred Foster.

A special ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held later this year. For a complete list of BMI’s 2016 GRAMMY nominees, click here.


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