Last year, Steve Jobs was announced as one of the recipients of The Special Merit Award by The Recording Academy – the organisation responsible for handing out Grammys. The accolade recognised Jobs’ ‘outstanding contributions to the industry in a nonperforming capacity.’
Last night Eddy Cue, Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, was on hand to accept the award on Steve’s behalf, as reported by Macrumors.
See the full acceptance speech video and transcript below.
On behalf of Steve’s wife, Laurene, his children, and everyone at Apple, I’d like to thank you for honouring Steve with the Trustees Grammy Award. Steve was a visionary, a mentor and a very close friend. I had the incredible honour of working with him for the last fifteen years.
Accepting this award means so much to me because music meant so much to him. He told us that music shaped his life…it made him who he was. Everyone that knows Steve knows the profound impact that artists like Bob Dylan and The Beatles had on him.
Steve was focused on bringing music to everyone in innovative ways. We talked about it every single day. When he introduced the iPod in 2001, people asked “Why is Apple making a music player?” His answer was simple: “We love music, and it’s always good to do something you love.”
His family and I know that this Grammy would have been very special to him, so I thank you for honouring him today.