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Steve Jobs to be awarded Grammy

Recording Academy to honor the late Apple co-founder for his contributions in transforming how music is distributed and consumed.

Steve Jobs will be honored with a Grammy for helping to transform the way music is distributed and consumed.

The late CEO and co-founder of Apple will be posthumously awarded one of the organization's Special Merit Awards, the Recording Academy announced today.

Jobs "helped to create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books," the Recording Academy said in a statement. "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."

Jobs, who died October 5 of pancreatic cancer, will be honored February 11 in the Trustees Award category. The other Trustee Award honorees are musician, bandleader, composer, and arranger Dave Bartholomew and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who worked with jazz musicians such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk.

Apple was awarded a technical Grammy in 2002 for its contributions to the music industry and recording field.

See also: Steve Jobs a music visionary? Judge for yourself