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Marley, Who, Beach Boys Among NARAS' Lifetime Achievement Winners

Lifetime Achievement awards to go to Beach Boys, Bob Marley, others at Grammy Awards

December 13, 2000 12:00 AM ET

This year's National Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award winners come from a diverse though equally legendary group. The Who, Tony Bennett and the Beach Boys will formally receive the honor at this year's Forty-third annual Grammy Awards ceremony on Feb. 21. Sammy Davis Jr. and Bob Marley will receive posthumous Lifetime Achievement awards.

The awards were announced on Dec. 12 by the Recording Academy president and CEO Michael Greene, who said of this year's recipients, "Their outstanding achievements have left a timeless legacy of innovative and powerful music that has changed the world socially, politically and given a voice to our cultural condition."

Lifetime Achievement Awards will also be given for non-creative contributions to the recording industry. This year's Trustees Award will go to producers Arif Mardin, who has worked on classic recordings like Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and the Young Rascals' "Good Lovin'" and Phil Ramone, who has worked in both film and television as well as with artists like Bob Dylan and James Taylor.

Past Lifetime Achievement and Trustee Awards winners include Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Clive Davis, Phil Spector and Sir George Martin.

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