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Steve Jobs receives posthumous Grammy award

Bronze statue of Apple co-founder is also erected in Hungary

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs received a posthumous Grammy Award, The Recording Academy announced Wednesday (Dec. 21). And a bronze statue of his likeness was also unveiled in Budapest, Hungary.

Jobs, 56, who died Oct. 5, will be honored with a Trustees Award at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, which will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. on the CBS Television Network. A special invitation-only ceremony will precede the event during Grammy Week on Feb. 11, according to a press release.

The trustees' award recognizes contributions in areas other than performance. The awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees.

"As former CEO and co-founder of Apple, 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," the Recording Academy noted.

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, the academy said.

The trustees' award recognizes contributions in areas other than performance. The awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees.

Two additional trustees' award recipients, musician, bandleader, composer, and arranger Dave Bartholomew and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, were also announced, along with technical award winners Celemony and audio engineer Roger Nichols.

Lifetime Achievement award honorees the Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Memphis Horns, George Jones, Diana Ross and Gil Scott-Heron.

"This year's honorees offer a variety of brilliance, contributions and lasting impressions on our culture," said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy. "It is an honor to recognize such a diverse group of individuals whose talents and achievements have had an indelible impact on our industry."

In Budapest,

a bronze statue of Jobs was also dedicated on Wednesday by software developer Graphisoft. The statue was crafted by Hungarian sculptor Erno Toth.

Graphisoft said the relationship between Jobs and the company can be traced to the 1980s, when Jobs came across the first version of its ArchiCAD software at a conference in Germany. Apple threw its support behind the product's development and distribution, according to a Graphisoft statement.

"Apple's support included cash and computers at a time when Graphisoft was a small company with limited resources, working within the economic and political confines of what was, at the time, communist Hungary," company founder Gabor Bojar said.

Graphisoft Park, where the statue was erected, is the first science/technology park in Budapest.

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