So, the Recording Academy just announced today the recipients of its 2012 Special Merit Awards, with Steve Jobs being named a recipient of a Trustees Award for 2012 for “outstanding contributions to the industry in a nonperforming capacity.” The Trustees Award category is designed to bestow recognition on individuals who have made "significant contributions to music in areas other than performance". Well, there's no doubt that if anyone has had a significant contribution to music, it's the Apple co-founder himself.
The Recording Academy stated that "As former CEO and co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs helped create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books. A creative visionary, Jobs' innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store, revolutionized the industry and how music was distributed and purchased. In 2002 Apple Computer Inc. was a recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. The company continues to lead the way with new technology and in-demand products such as the iPhone and iPad."
Jobs is one of several awardees, including Brazilian composer and arranger Antonio Carlos Jobim, soul performer Gil Scott-Heron, and audio engineer Roger Nichols, who will all be honored posthumously. The Grammy awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 11th, and the awardees will be acknowledged at this year’s “54th Annual Grammy Awards” telecast the day after.