Today Chicago was nominated alongside Stax Records legend Isaac Hayes, "Killing Me Softly With His Song" Roberta Flack, country singer-songwriter John Prine, hip-hop icons Public Enemy and gospel pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe for the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Recording Academy's 2020 Special Merit Awards, which will be held April 18 in Pasadena, California.
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors "performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording."
"Our industry is one that prides itself on influence and paying it forward, and each year the Recording Academy has the privilege of honoring a select group of visionaries whose creative contributions have rippled throughout our culture," Deborah Dugan, president and CEO of The Recording Academy said in a statement.
She added, "Our Special Merit Awards recipients have molded their musical passion into pieces of history that will continue to influence and inspire generations of music creators and music lovers to come."
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In describing how Chicago has earned the top-tier honor, a press release noted that the band was "among the first acts to bring big jazz band-style horns into rock music," not to mention that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers "have released five No. 1 albums and nearly three dozen Top 40 hits."
The Recording Academy will host the Grammy Awards on Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.