Although he is not alive to accept it, the Recording Academy announced this week that Steve Jobs will be receiving a Grammy Award in 2012. The Apple figurehead was chosen to receive a Grammy in the Special Merit Awards category, namely the Trustees Award, which is awarded for "outstanding contributions to the industry in a nonperforming capacity."
It doesn't even really need to be said, but Jobs was of course instrumental in promoting the push for a legal digital music downloading environment.
Among the other Special Merit Awards recipients are recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, as well as music artists Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Jones, the Memphis Horns, Diana Ross, and Gil Scott-Heron.
"This year's honorees offer a variety of brilliance, contributions and lasting impressions on our culture. It is an honor to recognize such a diverse group of individuals whose talents and achievements have had an indelible impact on our industry," said Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow.
So Jobs is not really the focus of the Grammy news this week, but he most definitely is the center of attention outside a building in Budapest, Hungary. Software company Graphisoft revealed an approximately 7-foot-tall statue of the late Jobs.
"With its attention to excellence in every detail, Graphisoft Park’s environment embodies the spirit of Steve Jobs. I can’t think of a better place to commemorate the man and his legacy," said company CEO Viktor Varkonyi.
Apple had been instrumental in helping Graphisoft grow in what was a very challenging political climate for Hungary. The statue is available to view by the public.