The Recording Academy announced its Special Merit Lifetime Achievement Awards recipients today, December 21st, 2011. Brazilian arranger, singer and pianist/guitarist Antonio Carlos Jobim is one of the recipients.
Widely known as the composer of the Grammy-winning “The Girl From Ipanema,” Jobim was influential in the creation of the Brazilian bossa nova style and its international popularity.
His songs and arrangements have been performed by numerous artists around the world. In 1995 he won a posthumous Best Latin Jazz Performance GRAMMY for his album Antonio Brasileiro.
Other Lifetime Achievement recipients this year include Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, George Jones, the Memphis Horns, Diana Ross and Gil Scott-Heron.