The Supremes, Nirvana, Nile Rodgers, and Slick Rick are among the artists to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2023 Grammy Awards. Ma Rainey, Bobby McFerrin, and Heart’s Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson are also recipients this year.
The Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards Ceremony will take place on February 4 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, and will also honor the Trustees Award recipients (Henry Diltz, Ellis Marsalis, and Jim Stewart), the Technical Grammy recipients (the Audio Engineering Society and Dr. Andy Hildebrand), and the winner of Best Song For Social Change, who has not been revealed yet.
It’s the first time the ceremony has been held since 2000, in part because of the pandemic. Notably, the Supremes are being honored a decade after member Diana Ross received her own Lifetime Achievement Award. The only other artists to receive separate Lifetime Achievement Awards as a solo artist and as part of a group are Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison (solo and with The Beatles) as well as Pete Seeger (solo and with The Weavers).
Ross is also a 2023 Grammy nominee for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Thank You. This is her 13th nomination. Amazingly, she has yet to win a Grammy, either solo or with The Supremes. Nile Rodgers is also a 2023 Grammy nominee. He’s up for Album of the Year for his work on Beyoncé’s Renaissance and Best R&B Song for co-writing Queen Bey’s current hit “Cuff It.”
“The Academy is proud to celebrate this diverse slate of influential music people spanning numerous genres and crafts as our 2023 Special Merit Awards honorees,” Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement. “Each creator on this list has made an impact on our industry — from technical to creative achievements — representing the breadth of music’s diverse community. We’re excited to celebrate this group of legends next month that continues to inspire and shape the music world.”
The Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on February 5. The main ceremony will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on-demand on Paramount+ at 8-11:30pm ET / 5-8:30pm PT.
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Article Image: Black and white photo of Cindy Birdsong, Mary Wilson, and Diana Ross (The Supremes) at a press conference in the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam on Jan. 15, 1968. (Jack de Nijs for Anefo [Available through Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons.)