Santa Monica, CA (October 25, 2016)—Multi-Grammy winner Jack White has been named as The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing’s honoree at its annual Grammy Week celebration, to be held at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
The event, now in its tenth year, will celebrate the artistic contributions of the P&E Wing’s 6,500-plus professional members, and will highlight White’s accomplishments and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. Grammy Week culminates with the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 12, 2017, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
“For years, we’ve marveled at Jack White’s prodigious musicianship and have revered him as a guitar-playing mastermind, but we think it’s important to recognize his significant contributions ‘behind the glass’ as well,” said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy. “There seems to be no limit to Jack’s pioneering creativity and unbridled passion, and it’s those qualities that embody the spirit of all of our Producers & Engineers Wing members. It’s with great pride that we honor such a talent who is committed to working diligently to ensure that the quality and integrity of recorded music are captured and preserved.”
White launched The White Stripes in 1997, then, in 2004, teamed with Loretta Lynn to produce and perform on her Van Lear Rose album, winning Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for the single “Portland, Oregon.” He formed The Raconteurs in 2006; 2008’s Consolers Of The Lonely, was awarded the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Grammy.
In 2009, White returned to his original instrument, the drums, and started The Dead Weather with members of The Kills, Queens of The Stone Age, and The Greenhornes. That same year, he launched his Nashville-based label, Third Man Records, which has released more than 300 records.
In 2012, White released his debut solo album, Blunderbuss, which received five Grammy nominations. The title track of his follow-up, Lazaretto, won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance and received two additional Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Song.
As the Producers & Engineers Wing 2017 honoree, White joins past honorees Chris Blackwell, T Bone Burnett, Tom Dowd, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Jimmy Iovine, Quincy Jones, Arif Mardin, Nile Rodgers, Rick Rubin, Al Schmitt, Jerry Wexler, and Neil Young.
The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing