Photo: Kirsten ShultzCarole King and The Temptations are among the music artists and other luminaries who The Recording Academy will honor with Special Merit Awards early next year. King and The Tempts will be recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards at a special invite-only event in Los Angeles on February 9, the evening before the 55th annual Grammy Awards ceremony will take place.
Others slated to be recognized by the Recording Academy for their career musical contributions include pop crooner Patti Page, blues great Lightnin' Hopkins, jazz bassist Charlie Haden, classical pianist Glen Gould and Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar, who, sadly, passed away on Tuesday at age 92.
Meanwhile, Leonard and Phil Chess, founders of the pioneering rock 'n' roll label Chess Records, and the songwriting team of Marilyn and Alan Bergman will be presented with Trustees Awards at the event.
All the Special Merit Awards honorees also will be acknowledged during the 2013 Grammys telecast, which CBS will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10.
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