Vienna, Austria (January 8, 2010)–AKG is to receive a technical Grammy Award in recognition of more than 60 years contribution to the art and science of music recording and performance.
The award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), which will be presented during Grammy Week in Los Angeles in January 2010, represents an historic first in AKG’s history of firsts–not simply in terms of technology innovations, but also in great recordings and performances.
Founded in 1947, AKG has been providing state-of-the-art microphones and headphones for a variety of live and recording applications. From The Beatles’ watershed performances in Shea Stadium in 1967 to Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, and today’s most progressive and successful artists like Jay Z, Missy Elliot and Kayne West, AKG microphones and headphones have provided great sounding technologies to support the most demanding and creative projects.
AKG is in good company, with this year’s only other Grammy Technical Award to be presented posthumously to Thomas Edison, inventor of the phonograph, early motion picture technologies and the incandescent light bulb. Harman’s JBL brand also earned a Grammy Technical Award in 2005, the first and only loudspeaker manufacturer to be so honored.
“This year’s honorees are a prestigious group of diverse and prominent creators who have contributed some of the most distinguished and influential recordings,” said Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow. “Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy that has positively affected multiple generations, and will continue to influence generations to come. It is an honor and privilege to recognize such talented individuals who have had and will continue to have such an influence in both our culture and the music industry.”