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Star Wars composer John Williams to get AFI Life Achievement Award

He's the man behind the geeky soundtracks of many a childhood. "Star Wars" composer John Williams is set to be honored with the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in 2016.

In this 1983 photo, composer John Williams is joined on stage at the San Francisco Symphony's Pops concert by two Ewoks. Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS

As the man behind the music of "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial," " Jaws," the "Star Wars" series and so many other beloved movies, composer John Williams has made works that are deeply familiar to many of us.

To recognize his monumental contributions to the film industry, The American Film Industry announced on Thursday that Williams will be honored with the company's 44th Life Achievement Award at a special event in 2016.

"John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives," Sir Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees, said in a statement on the AFI blog. "Note by note, through chord and chorus, his genius for marrying music with movies has elevated the art form to symphonic levels and inspired generations of audiences to be enriched by the magic of the movies. AFI is proud to present him with its 44th Life Achievement Award."

This is the first time that the award is being given to a composer. It's fitting that Williams is the first composer to win the award considering how much of an impact he's had on the film industry.

I mean, who still doesn't get goosebumps every time they hear "The Imperial March"?

Williams will be honored at a gala tribute on June 9 in Los Angeles. A TV special will air later that month on TNT, though the exact date and time of the airing is yet to be announced.