The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) has decided to honour the late Steve Jobs with a Grammy Award for transforming the music industry and revolutionising the way people consume music.
The organisation announced that Jobs, who died of cancer in October this year, will receive the special Trustees Award Grammy.
"A creative visionary, Jobs' innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store, revolutionised the industry and how music was distributed and purchased," said NARAS in a statement.
"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," it continued.
A lot of artists have criticised the digital distribution model introduced by Steve Jobs with iTunes but NARAS, the organisation responsible for the Grammy's, clearly believes otherwise. No matter what critics say, Jobs' contributions allowed record companies to reach a greater number of consumers with the iTunes software in the easiest way possible.
Steve Jobs is only one among this year's special award receivers not directly related to music. Other recipients include Rudy Van Gelder and Dave Bartholomew, reports PC Mag.