Indian music legend Pandit Ravi Shankar has been named a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award recipient on Thursday, a day after his death at 92 in a US hospital.
The sitar maestro will be honoured along with six other artistes at an invitation-only ceremony in Los Angeles on February 9, 2013 just one day before the 55th annual Grammy Awards which are to be telecast live from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
Shankar last week was named as one of the Grammy nominees for Best World Music Album. It is a category in which his daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka, 31, is also nominated, marking what appears to be the first time that a father and daughter’s albums will be competing for the same honour at the Grammys.
In addition to Shankar, two other artistes will receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously. They are — classical piano giant Glenn Gould, who died in 1982; and blues pioneer Lightnin’ Hopkins, who died the same year and at least indirectly helped lay the foundation for rock ‘n’ roll.
The other Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honourees are singer Patti Page, 85, iconic singer-songwriter Carole King, 70; jazz band leader and bass great Charlie Haden, 75, and the seminal soul vocal group The Temptations.