Back in December, the man that changed the world was awarded a Grammy Award. The Recording Academy announced that it would be honoring Steve Jobs with a Special Merit Grammy Award. The Trustees Award for Jobs was made in recognition for his ”outstanding contributions to the industry in a nonperforming capacity.”
Yesterday, The Grammy ceremony for the Special Merit Awards occurred, and Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue was the one to accept the award. His speech was beautiful and heart warming. You can watch the speech in the embedded video below.
On behalf of Steve’s wife, Laurene, his children, and everyone at Apple, I’d like to thank you for honoring Steve with the Trustees Grammy Award. Steve was a visionary, a mentor, and a very close friend. I had the incredible honor of working with him for the last fifteen years.
Accepting this award means so much to me because music meant so much to him. He told us that music shaped his life…it made him who he was. Everyone that knows Steve knows the profound impact that artists like Bob Dylan and The Beatles had on him.
Steve was focused on bringing music to everyone in innovative ways. We talked about it every single day. When he introduced the iPod in 2001, people asked “Why is Apple making a music player?” His answer was simple: “We love music, and it’s always good to do something you love.”
His family and I know that this Grammy would have been very special to him, so I thank you for honoring him today.
This is the second time Jobs and Apple has been honored by The Recording Academy. In 2002, Apple itself won a Technical Grammy Award.
The Recording Academy has also published a tribute to Jobs by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, a 16-time Grammy winner and personal friend of Jobs.