The Recording Academy, the Grammy Awards‘ parent organization, has announced its 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients, and Charley Pride will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Awards celebrate performers who have made outstanding contributions in the recording field. The Academy’s National Board of Trustees votes on the recipients each year.
Pride, 78, has had a long and successful career in country music career; in fact, he celebrated his 50th year in the industry in 2016. The “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” hitmaker is one of the most successful artists in country music — and, even more significantly, he helped break barriers within the genre by becoming the first black superstar in country music.
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