GEORGE JONES, ALLMAN BROTHERS, GLEN CAMPBELL AMONG ACADEMY LIFETIME HONOREES

02/13/12

Cindy Watts - Tennessean

LOS ANGELES – The night before the Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy honored seven artists with Lifetime Achievement Awards, three of them with strong Nashville ties.

George Jones, The Allman Brothers Band and Glen Campbell joined Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Memphis Horns, Diana Ross and Gil Scott-Heron in each receiving a tribute at the organization’s Special Merit Awards ceremony Saturday afternoon at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

Honorees crowded a small red carpet, catching up with one another and talking to the news media before heading into the theater for the ceremony, which academy President/CEO Neil Portnow predicted would frequently move the room to tears. “It’s a very emotional day,” Portnow said.

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Jones and his wife, Nancy, flew in just an hour before the ceremony after playing a show in Florida the night before.

“I think this is one of the greatest things that can happen to you,” the 80-year-old Williamson County resident said. “It’s not the end of my career, I hope, but we’re moving up awful close.”

A video of highlights from Jones’ career played before he stepped on stage to accept the trophy.

“I’ve had a great time living the music I grew up on,” said Jones, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. “This is a great thrill. At my age, it’s good to be thought of for any award. I believe I have to thank the fans for making me a success.” more!

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