Last December, The Recording Academy made a public announcement stating that it would be honoring the late Apple Inc Cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs with a Special Merit Grammy Award. Yesterday, the Special Merit Awards Ceremony took place in Hollywood and Steve Jobs was posthumously (i.e. after death) given the Grammy Trustees Award.
Eddy Cue – senior vice president of Internet Software and Services at Apple Inc – accepted the award on on behalf of Steve Jobs and his family.
…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
–Eddie Cue At The Grammys
Steve Jobs Grammy Awards Acceptance Video
Here is the full video of Eddie Cue accepting the Grammy Trustees Award on behalf of the late Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs Grammy Awards Acceptance Speech Full Transcript
Here also is the full trascript of Eddie Cue’s Grammy Award 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.
The Recording Academy also posted a tribute to Jobs by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who is himself a 16-time Grammy winner and a personal friend of Jobs.