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The Louvin Brothers Receive Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award

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Denise Holleman, Charlie "Sonny" Louvin Jr. and Kathy Louvin accept the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Louvin Brothers at the 2015 Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception on Feb. 7 in Los Angeles. This Special Merit Award is presented by vote of The Recording Academy's National Trustees to performers* who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.

Denise Holleman, Charlie "Sonny" Louvin Jr. and Kathy Louvin accept the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Louvin Brothers at the 2015 Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception on Feb. 7 in Los Angeles. This Special Merit Award is presented by vote of The Recording Academy's National Trustees to performers* who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.

Ira and Charlie Loudermilk, better known as the Louvin Brothers*, rank among the top duos in country music history. Originally beginning their careers in gospel music, and eventually incorporating secular pop songs, they landed a record deal with Capitol Records and quickly became household names in the 1950's. Eventually the brothers launched solo careers, continuing to set a blueprint for future generations of country and rock musicians.

The Recording Academy® announced its Special Merit Awards recipients December 18, 2014, and in addition to the Louvin Brothers, the honorees also included the Bee Gees, Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy, George Harrison, Flaco Jiménez, and Wayne Shorter as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients; Richard Perry, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and George Wein as Trustees Award honorees; and Ray Kurzweil as the Technical GRAMMY® Award recipient.

The awards were part of a special invitation-only ceremony which was held during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. The formal acknowledgment was made during the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8, 2015 and was broadcast live on the CBS Television Network.

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