The Lifetime Achievement Award

This is a special award given by the Recording Academy to performers who have, over the span of their lifetime, made outstanding artistic achievements and contributions in the field of recording. Though awarded to Bing Crosby in 1962, the Lifetime Achievement Award did not become an established part of the GRAMMY Awards until 1965. Prior to 1972, this award was also given out to non-performers. The award is determined by a vote of the Recording Academy's National Trustees.

Award

Name Date
Bing Crosby 1962
Frank Sinatra 1965
Duke Ellington 1966
Ella Fitzgerald 1967
Irving Berlin 1968
Elvis Presley 1971
Louis Armstrong 1972
Mahalia Jackson 1972
Chuck Berry 1984
Charlie Parker 1984
Leonard Bernstein 1985
Benny Goodman 1986
Andrés Segovia 1986
Rolling Stones 1986
Roy Acuff 1987
Benny Carter 1987
Enrico Caruso 1987
Ray Charles 1987
Fats Domino 1987
Woody Herman 1987
Billie Holiday 1987
B.B. King 1987
Isaac Stern 1987
Igor Stravinsky 1987
Arturo Toscanini 1987
Hank Williams, Sr. 1987
Fred Astaire 1989
Pablo Casals 1989
Dizzy Gillespie 1989
Jascha Heifetz 1989
Lena Horne 1989
Leontyne Price 1989
Bessie Smith 1989
Art Tatum 1989
Sarah Vaughan 1989
Nat "King" Cole 1990
Miles Davis 1990
Vladimir Horowitz 1990
Paul McCartney 1990
Marian Anderson 1991
Bob Dylan 1991
John Lennon 1991
Kitty Wells 1991
James Brown 1992
John Coltrane 1992
Jimi Hendrix 1992
Muddy Waters 1992
Chet Atkins 1993
Little Richard 1993
Thelonius Monk 1993
Bill Monroe 1993
Pete Seeger 1993
Fats Waller 1993
Bill Evans 1994
Aretha Franklin 1994
Arthur Rubenstein 1994
Patsy Cline 1995
Peggy Lee 1995
Henry Mancini 1995
Curtis Mayfield 1995
Barbra Streisand 1995
Dave Brubeck 1996
Marvin Gaye 1996
Georg Solti 1996
Stevie Wonder 1996
Bobby "Blue" Bland 1997
Everly Brothers 1997
Judy Garland 1997
Stephane Grapelli 1997
Buddy Holly 1997
Charles Mingus 1997
Oscar Peterson 1997
Frank Zappa 1997
Bo Diddley 1998
Mills Bros. 1998
Roy Orbison 1998
Paul Robeson 1998
Johnny Cash 1999
Sam Cooke 1999
Otis Redding 1999
Smokey Robinson 1999
Mel Tormé 1999
Harry Belafonte 2000
Woody Guthrie 2000
John Lee Hooker 2000
Mitch Miller 2000
Willie Nelson 2000
Beach Boys 2001
Tony Bennett 2001
Sammy Davis, Jr. 2001
Bob Marley 2001
The Who 2001
Count Basie 2002
Rosemary Clooney 2002
Perry Como 2002
Al Green 2002
Joni Mitchell 2002
Etta James 2003
Johnny Mathis 2003
Glenn Miller 2003
Tito Puente 2003
Simon & Garfunkel 2003
Van Cliburn 2004
The Funk Brothers 2004
Ella Jenkins 2004
Sonny Rollins 2004
Artie Shaw 2004
Doc Watson 2004
Eddy Arnold 2005
Art Blakey 2005
(Original) Carter Family 2005
Morton Gould 2005
Janis Joplin 2005
Led Zeppelin 2005
Jerry Lee Lewis 2005
Jelly Roll Morton 2005
Pinetop Perkins 2005
The Staple Singers 2005