Steve Jobs is getting a Grammy award.
The Recording Academy, which gives out Grammy awards, is bestowing its Trustees Award to Steve Jobs, honoring his vision and innovations in the field of music.
From the Academy:
As former CEO and co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs helped create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books. A creative visionary, Jobs' innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store, revolutionized the industry and how music was distributed and purchased. 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.
While some may think it's strange that Jobs was given the award posthumously, he is in good company because three others award recipients are also no longer living: audio engineer Roger Nichols, music pioneer Gil Scott-Heron, and "The Girl from Ipanema" composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Did Jobs suddenly merit such an award, or was the academy feeling guilty for having forgot his existence until his death? It's been almost 10 years since his last award, but if you look at the others similarly honored, you realize that the Academy seems to wait to honor its innovators and achievers until after they die.