Back in December, The Recording Academy (the people that decide who receive Grammy Awards) announced that they would be honoring Steve Jobs this year with a Special Merit Award for his contributions to the music industry with the iPod and the iTunes music store.
The award was handed out on Saturday to Apple’s Senior VP of Internet Software Eddy Cue. This isn’t the first time Jobs has received a Grammy. Back in 2002 he was honored by The Recording Academy with a Technical Grammy for his work on the iPod which we all know changed the music industry forever.
Here’s the footage Cue’s acceptance speech…
“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.”