The Recording Academy will be presenting the Lifetime Achievement Grammys on May 11th in Los Angeles. There will be a special ceremony to honor artists from a variety of music genres. Among those being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy are Black Sabbath, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Dionne Warwick, Julio Iglesias, Sam and Dave, Donny Hathaway, and Billy Eckstine.
Additionally, the Academy will present Trustees Awards to Lou Adler for his work as a producer, Ashford and Simpson for their work as artists and songwriters, and Johnny Mandel for his work as a songwriter. Saul Walker will be awarded a posthumous Technical Grammy Award for his innovation with recording technologies and specifically microphone preamps.
Billy Eckstine, who was known as a jazz singer, and Donny Hathaway,known for his work as a soul artist, will be recognized posthumously, as will Dave Prater of Sam and Dave and Nickolas Ashford of Ashford and Simpson. Sam Moore and Valerie Simpson are the surviving members of those duos. Of the remaining honorees, many of them have retired from touring or have slowed their performance activities tremendously. George Clinton has decided to retire from touring. Black Sabbath have completed their last tour, called The End, but their founding members have their own projects with Ozzy Osbourne currently on his last world tour which he has named the No More Tours 2 Tour.
Julio Iglesias and Dionne Warwick still perform on occasion. Lou Adler is still an active producer. In 2016, he worked on the live broadcast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again for Fox. Currently 93 years young, Johnny Mandel has worked with such artists as Frank Sinatra and Count Basie. He worked with Tony Bennett on his 2004 project, The Art of Romance, and with Barbra Streisand in 2009 on her Love is the Answer project.