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Eddy Cue Accepts Special Grammy Award Honoring Steve Jobs

Back in December, The Recording Academy announced that it would be honoring Steve Jobs with a Special Merit Grammy Award. The Trustees Award for Jobs was made in recognition of his contributions to the field of music with the iPod and iTunes Music Store.


The Grammy ceremony for the Special Merit Awards was held yesterday, and Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue was on hand to accept the award.
On behalf of Steve's wife, Laurene, his children, and everyone at Apple, I'd like to thank you for honoring Steve with the Trustees Grammy Award. Steve was a visionary, a mentor, and a very close friend. I had the incredible honor 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 honoring him today.

The Recording Academy has also published a brief tribute to Jobs by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, a 16-time Grammy winner and personal friend of Jobs.

Jobs' Grammy marks the second time he and Apple have been honored by The Recording Academy. Apple itself won a Technical Grammy Award in 2002.

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37 months ago
I still can't believe he's gone.
I get a lump in my throat every time I think about it or am reminded about it like this event. :(
R.I.P. Steve, the world thanks you yet again!
Rating: 10 Votes
37 months ago

Sweet!
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/ to you too
And yes, it's quite an honor.
Rating: 9 Votes
37 months ago
Brilliant speech. Great job Eddy.
Rating: 6 Votes
37 months ago
Richly deserved
Rating: 6 Votes
37 months ago
may the ground be light upon you Steve, and may you be in a better place now. :apple:
Rating: 6 Votes
37 months ago
i think they should have done it a year ago
Rating: 5 Votes
37 months ago
If you had read the biography you would know that ;

1 Steve did acknowledge the works of others in getting Apple to where it is.

2. There would not be an iPod or iTunes if it wasn't for Steve. He insisted it be great and it was.
Rating: 5 Votes
37 months ago

I still can't believe he's gone.
I get a lump in my throat every time I think about it or am reminded about it like this event. :(
R.I.P. Steve, the world thanks you yet again!


I caught a video about him the other day, something on YouTube. Still gets to me a bit.

He went way too soon.
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago
I'm glad Jobs got the award. Congrats to him.

But now Jobs is gone everyone else now at Apple has the chance to stand up, be counted and make a name for them self. Cause before anything good invented at Apple was somehow spearheaded by Jobs (even if it was not). Now they can get out of under the Jobs shadow and become a star.

That's if people like Forstall don't do the same thing. And I'm sure with his temperament it's very likely unfortunately.
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago

It's also possible to feel that Apple (and the hundreds or thousands of people who created the Ipod and Itunes) deserve the award....

...but feel a bit odd that it's given in the name of a man who spent much of his career accepting credit for the combined works of many, and not to the group who actually accomplished the feat.


The group was under his guidance and his vision and usually awards are given in the name of a person. A director is getting an award in a film for choosing, organizing and directing a multitude of different people under his vision. More often than not he or she is getting much more credit than they deserve (or the sole credit) for the collective efforts of others. So do generals, so do other ceo's, etc. etc. This happens in plenty of cases, what can we do? Point out in every case this is unfair for the group?

The sentiment of the recent loss of someone fails to touch you though because apparently you are angry with and/or resentful of Jobs and these feelings take precedence. I don't know if you are justified or not, to a lot of people he sure was a prick, and maybe he's getting much more praise than he deserves, and this is getting to you. But he's dead, and he suffered a lot, and people who deserved much less than he did have taken plenty of awards, it shows a modicum of understanding and an appropriate emotional response to not come here like the op and belittle the awards and talk about self congratulatory egos in a thread that has a commemorative element to it. I am sure all this is not that hard to understand emotionally.

On another thread, and when some time has passed I can engage others in criticisms of Jobs, but direct criticism not indirect put downs like the op did. Here, at this time, in this thread, I just don't think it's appropriate to post lightly veiled sarcastic comments like the op did. He did touch the life of many and some respect for his recent loss is what is appropriate imho.
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