“When I watched him play, he could take people to this incredible meditative state where they’d close their eyes and just cry and get in touch with something more important,” Anoushka Shankar, who also plays the sitar, said during her acceptance speech, according to Reuters.
Jones told the AP that her father had learned about the award a week before he died in December at the age of 91. “He knew about it and was very happy, and also that he and my sister, Anoushka, were both nominated in the same category for a Grammy (this year) was a special thing as well,” she said, referring to her sister’s and father’s nominations for Best World Music Album. “We all miss him and are very proud of him. I will forever be discovering and re-discovering his music from all walks of his long and amazing life.”
During The Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards celebration at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Lifetime Achievement awards were also presented to singer-songwriter Carole King (who was also nominated this year for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album), jazz bassist Charlie Haden, classical pianist Glenn Gould, blues guitarist Lightnin’ Hopkins, the Temptations and singer Patti Page. Chess Records founders Philip and Leonard Chess and songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman received special merit awards for non-performers, and technical Grammys were awarded to MIDI developers Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith, along with ribbon microphone manufacturer Royer Labs.