Grammy Lifetime Achievement & Trustees Awards:
As stated at Grammy.org, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is selected by a vote of the Recording Academy’s National Trustees. It is given to those “who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.” The first recipient was Bing Crosby in 1962.
Since 1967, the Grammys have also given a Trustees Award to individuals who have significantly contributed to music in ways other than performance. This would imply that the Lifetime Achievement Award is a performers-only award and that no performers have won the Trustees Award, but the line is not that clearly defined. In fact, a handful of acts have received both awards (Burt Bacharach, Count Basie, The Beatles, Duke Ellington, Carole King, Frank Sinatra, Georg Solti).
This page lists all recipients of either award.
See other lifetime achievement awards.
First posted 12/12/2012; last updated 3/2/2023.