'A Grammy Salute To Music Legends' Celebrates Special Merit Awards Honorees With Essay Collection
November 30, 2016 at 2:08 PM (PT)
A brand-new coffee-table book, "A GRAMMY's Salute To Music Legends,' in which artists pay tribute to their musical heroes celebrating THE RECORDING ACADEMY's Special Merit Award winners, is being published by HAL LEONARD BOOKS and will sell for $29.99 in JANUARY.
THE RECORDING ACADEMY's annual Special Merit Awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY Award. One of the highlights of the GRAMMY program book is the Special Merit Awards section, in which legendary honorees are paid tribute via page-long testimonials by noted artists and musicians. Others who have worked with the honorees, grew up as fans or whose lives and careers were altered by the honorees’ gravitational pull also contribute powerful testimonials within each program.
Two decades of these appreciations have been collected for the first time by editor DAVID KONJOYAN and will be included in the book.
The 88 honorees featured in "A GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" range in genre from the blues to classical, country, R&B, rock, rap and other forms of music either as performers or behind the scenes as producers, engineers, songwriters, executives or technical innovators.
KONJOYAN writes in his introduction: “As with other innovations, whether science-, technology-, or business-related, none happen in a vacuum and all have deep reverberations. That’s what this book is all about: The sources of those reverberations and the revelations of those who were impacted by them and filtered them into their own groundbreaking work.”
The book features obvious homages such as QUINCY JONES on MICHAEL JACKSON or MIRANDA LAMBERT on DOLLY PARTON, as well as the more obscure, like QUEEN's BRIAN MAY paying tribute to DORIS DAY or CAROL BURNETT writing on JULIE ANDREWS. Sometimes the reverberations transcend music entirely, as when Sen. PATRICK LEAHY (D-VT.) writes about his friendship with the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Additional honorees highlighted in the collection include THE BEATLES; DAVID BOWIE; LEONARD COHEN; EARTH, WIND & FIRE; CAROLE KING; RUN DMC; BARBRA STREISAND and many more.