Carole King Awarded GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Honor

The Recording Academy announced its 2013 Special Merit Awards recipients. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin' Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page, Ravi Shankar, and the Temptations.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. The award is determined by The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees.

"Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come."

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented during the Special Merit Awards Ceremony held Saturday, February 9th. 

An exclusive GRAMMY interview with Carole regarding her Lifetime Achievement Award is available here.  Carole's daughters Louise Goffin and Sherry Kondor accepted the award on her behalf during the ceremony, which is viewable here.

Kelly Clarkson took to the stage during the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards* telecast to pay tribute to Carole with her soulful version of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".