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.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.