The Staple Singers, Featuring Mavis Staples, to Receive The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

The Recording Academy® will honor the legendary Staple Singers (featuring vocalist Mavis Staples) with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, February 12 as part of the Grammy Week celebrations. The Award will also be announced during the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13, 2005 and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium.

According to The Recording Academy®, The Staple Singers (Roebuck "Pops" Staples, Cleotha Staples, Mavis Staples, Pervis Staples, Yvonne Staples) “have left an imprint of soulful voices, righteous conviction and danceable message music across the decades.”

Other recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be Eddy Arnold, Art Blakey, the original members of the Carter Family, Morton Gould, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jelly Roll Morton and Pinetop Perkins.

Mavis Staples, whose current Alligator CD, “Have A Little Faith,” is widely renowned as the best of her career, recently received a Grammy nomination for her duet with Dr. John on the song "Lay My Burden Down," from Dr. John's "N'awlinz Dis Dat Or D'udda." Mavis is also the featured artist performing “Hard Times Come Again No More” from the Grammy nominated album “Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster.”

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