Trustees Award

This Special Merit Award is presented by vote of The Recording Academy's National Trustees to individuals who, during their careers in music, have made significant contributions, other than performance*, to the field of recording. (*Through 1983, recipients included performers.)

Past Recipients
Alphabetical by recipient

Chris Albertson
Awarded: 1971
Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss
Awarded: 1997
Harold Arlen
Awarded: 1987
George Avakian
Awarded: 2009
Clarence Avant
Awarded: 2008
Estelle Axton
Awarded: 2007
Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Awarded: 1997
Dave Bartholomew
Awarded: 2012
Béla Bartok
Awarded: 1984
Count Basie
Awarded: 1981
The Beatles
Awarded: 1972
Al Bell
Awarded: 2011
Marilyn & Alan Bergman
Awarded: 2013
Emile Berliner
Awarded: 1987
Chris Blackwell
Awarded: 2006
Harold Bradley
Awarded: 2010
Owen Bradley
Awarded: 2006
Hoagy Carmichael
Awarded: 2005
Elliott Carter
Awarded: 2009
Leonard & Phil Chess
Awarded: 2013
Dick Clark
Awarded: 1990
Aaron Copland
Awarded: 1981
Don Cornelius
Awarded: 2005
Pierre Cossette
Awarded: 1995
John Culshaw
(see Solti)
Awarded: 1967
Hal David
(see Bacharach)
Awarded: 1997
Clive Davis
Awarded: 2000
Walt Disney
Awarded: 1989
Thomas A. Dorsey
Awarded: 1992
Tom Dowd
Awarded: 2002
Lamont Dozier
(see Holland/Dozier/Holland)
Awarded: 1998
Thomas A. Edison
Awarded: 1977
Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
Awarded: 1968
Ahmet Ertegun
Awarded: 1993
Nesuhi Ertegun
Awarded: 1995
Christine M. Farnon
Awarded: 1992
Wilma Cozart Fine
Awarded: 2011
Alan Freed
Awarded: 2002
Milt Gabler
Awarded: 1991
Kenneth Gamble And Leon Huff
Awarded: 1999
George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin
Awarded: 1986
Ira Gershwin
(see George Gershwin)
Awarded: 1986
Gerry Goffin & Carole King
Awarded: 2004
Berry Gordy
Awarded: 1991
Norman Granz
Awarded: 1994
Florence Greenberg
Awarded: 2010
Rick Hall
Awarded: 2014
Oscar Hammerstein II
Awarded: 1992
John Hammond
NOTE: This is different person from John Hammond the blues artist.
Awarded: 1971
W.C. Handy
Awarded: 1993
Lorenz Hart
Awarded: 1992
Larry Hiller
Awarded: 1971
Holland/Dozier/Holland
(Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland)
Awarded: 1998
Jac Holzman
Awarded: 2008
Leon Huff
(see Gamble And Huff)
Awarded: 1999
Steve Jobs
Awarded: 2012
Eldridge R. Johnson
Awarded: 1985
Quincy Jones
Awarded: 1989
Orrin Keepnews
Awarded: 2004
Jerome Kern
Awarded: 1987
Carole King
(see Goffin)
Awarded: 2004
Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe
Awarded: 1999
Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Awarded: 1999
Goddard Lieberson
Awarded: 1979
Alfred Lion
Awarded: 2005
Alan Livingston
Awarded: 2013
Frederick Loewe
(see Lerner & Loewe)
Awarded: 1999
Alan Lomax
Awarded: 2003
Bruce Lundvall
Awarded: 2011
Arif Mardin
Awarded: 2001
Jim Marshall
Awarded: 2014
George Martin
Awarded: 1996
Cosimo Matassa
Awarded: 2007
Marian McPartland
Awarded: 2004
Johnny Mercer
Awarded: 1987
Walter C. Miller
Awarded: 2010
Willie Mitchell
Awarded: 2008
Robert Moog
Awarded: 1970
Ennio Morricone
Awarded: 2014
Jerry Moss
(see Alpert)
Awarded: 1997
New York Philharmonic
Awarded: 2003
Les Paul
Awarded: 1983
Krzysztof Penderecki
Awarded: 1968
Sam Phillips
Awarded: 1991
Cole Porter
Awarded: 1989
Frances Preston
Awarded: 1998
Phil Ramone
Awarded: 2001
Richard Rodgers
Awarded: 1998
Al Schmitt
Awarded: 2006
George T. Simon
Awarded: 1993
Frank Sinatra
Awarded: 1979
Georg Solti & John Culshaw
Awarded: 1967
Stephen Sondheim
Awarded: 2007
Phil Spector
Awarded: 2000
Leopold Stokowski
Awarded: 1977
Mike Stoller
(see Leiber & Stoller)
Awarded: 1999
Billy Strayhorn
(see Ellington)
Awarded: 1968
Dr. Billy Taylor
Awarded: 2005
Allen Toussaint
Awarded: 2009
Rudy Van Gelder
Awarded: 2012
Paul Weston
Awarded: 1971
Jerry Wexler
Awarded: 1996