John Prine to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Prine will be joined by others like Iggy Pop, Public Enemy, Isaac Hayes and more.

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Singer-songwriter John Prine will be awarded the Recording Academy’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The two-time Grammy winner will receive the award alongside other recipients Iggy Pop, Public Enemy, Chicago, Roberta Flack and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The late Isaac Hayes will also be honoured posthumously.

Prine, who was discovered by Kris Kristofferson, is widely regarded as a member of Chicago’s folk music revival. In 2015, Prine’s self-titled 1971 debut LP was enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame. His 2018 album, The Tree Of Forgiveness, also received three Grammy nominations last year.

Elvis Presley was the first country-related artist to be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1971. Recent honourees of the country genre include Emmylou Harris (2018), Charley Pride, Jimmy Rogers (2017), Linda Ronstadt (2016), the Louvin Brothers (2015) and Kristofferson (2014).

The award presentation will take place on 18 April, 2020, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. A special concert will also accompany the awards ceremony. More details are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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