The Recording Academy announced earlier today the list of recipients for 2016 Special Merit Awards. John Cage has been announced as a recipient of the Trustees Award along with Fred Foster and Charles Strachwitz. The Special Merit Awards consist of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Trustees Award, and the Technical Grammy Award. While the Lifetime Achievement Award honors the outstanding contributions to the area of performance, the Trustees Award honors the excellence in contributions to all other areas. John Cage’s innovative theories on music and performance, use of non-traditional instruments as well as his radical compositions land him in this category. His influence has touched every aspect of the creative arts spectrum.
Details about the ceremony and concert are forthcoming. The tentative date is set for early Spring 2016. The Grammy Awards will be held on February 15, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.
John Cage joins a long list of great contributors to the arts such as Thomas Edison, Béla Bartók, Aaron Copland, Robert Moog, the New York Philharmonic, Elliot Carter, and most recently Steve Jobs among many others.
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