Grammys to honor Nina Simone, Velvet Underground

This photo shows legendary jazz and blues singer Nina Simone in concert at the Olympia music hall in Paris. Legendary singer Nina Simone, art-rock pioneers The Velvet Underground and funk great Sly Stone will receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2017, the Recording Academy announced on December 19, 2016. The music industry body each year presents the special prizes for career-spanning influence, in addition to the regular Grammys which recognize the past year’s works. Simone — who never received a Grammy during her lifetime — was a young piano prodigy who, as an African American in the segregated US South, was discouraged from classical music.
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