On the eve of the 51st GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 7, the 2009 Technical GRAMMY Awards were awarded to Clarence "Leo" Fender and Universal Audio at The Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception. Held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, the awards were presented to Universal Audio CEO Bill Putnam Jr. and Phyllis Fender, widow of Clarence "Leo" Fender. On hand to make the presentations were P&E Wing Co-Chair Glenn Lorbecki and P&E Advisory Council member Bob Ludwig.
This prestigious award is presented annually by vote of The Recording Academy P&E Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees to individuals and/or companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. Previous Technical GRAMMY Award recipients include Ray Dolby, Geoff Emerick, George Massenburg, Les Paul, Phil Ramone, AMS Neve, Apple Computer Inc., and Shure Incorporated among others.