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Grammys 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Full List: Selena Quintanilla-Perez to Salt-N-Pepa, a look at all honorees

The latest edition will be hosted by Trevor Noah for the very first time and thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Recording Academy will be all virtual
UPDATED MAR 13, 2021
Salt-N-Pepa and Selena are among Grammys 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees (Getty Images/ Instagram @selenaqofficial)
Salt-N-Pepa and Selena are among Grammys 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees (Getty Images/ Instagram @selenaqofficial)

The 63rd edition of the prestigious Grammy Awards is all set to take place on Sunday, March 14, where just like every year we will see the best artists walking away with the trophies. The latest edition will be hosted by Trevor Noah for the very first time and thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Recording Academy will be all virtual. Grammys 2021 will see breathtaking performances from top global artists like BTS, Harry Styles, Cardi B, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Taylor Swift, Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Lil Baby, John Mayer and a few others.

While we wait for the renowned award ceremony, the Recording Academy has already announced the winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Speaking on the same, Harvey Mason Jr, interim president-CEO of the Recording Academy, said, as reported by the official website of Grammys, “As we welcome the new class of Special Merit Award honorees, it gives us a chance to reward and recognize the influence they've had in the music community regardless of genre. He added, “As a music creator and music lover, I am grateful that we are able to look back at our influences and see the impact that they have made on our community. In a year where music has helped keep us together, I look forward to honoring this iconic group of music creators.”

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Selena Quintanilla-Perez (YouTube)

The Queen of Tejano, Selena Quintanilla-Perez, became a household name in the '80s and she is one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. She will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 63rd Grammys Award ceremony. Speaking on the same, her sister Suzette told ET, “Mind-blowing...We even got a little teary-eyed. It's huge. It's an honor!"I think she would be over the moon. I think she would be very giddy about it. I think that she would probably have her social media handles and she would probably be posting tons of photos with it, I'm sure.” She added, “I go back to the other part of Selena, of her being a role model. And I think that it shines a huge light on that. That with hard work and dedication and with your family behind you and everything, that you can do so much. [It] doesn't matter where you come from as long as you have that drive and that passion and you can succeed.”

Selena was only 23 years old when she was shot and killed in 1995. The late singer-songwriter is known for her hit songs like ‘Como la Flor’ and ‘Amor Prohibido’ among a few others. She is also one of the most influential Latin artists of all time and also made name for pushing the genre into the mainstream market.

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five 

Musician Grand Master Flash attends the 3rd Annual Black Entertainment Television Awards, Smirnoff Ice Triple Black Lounge, where Distinctive Assets gave gifts to the artists and celebrities attending the event at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel complex in Hollywood on June 23, 2003, Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five are among the pioneers of hip-hop. The group was formed in South Bronx of New York City in 1978 and their use of turntablism, break-beat deejaying, choreographed stage routines, and lyricism brought hip-hop into the limelight. The other members from The Furious Five included Melle Mel, The Kidd Creole, Keef Cowboy, Scorpio and Rahiem. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 as they became the first hip-hop group to get this honor.


Rappers Sandra "Pepa" Denton (L) and Cheryl "Salt" James of Salt-N-Pepa perform during a get-out-the-vote rally featuring former U.S. President Barack Obama at the Cox Pavilion as he campaigns for Nevada Democratic candidates on October 22, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Early voting in Clark County, Nevada began on October 20 and has recorded the highest turnout during the first two days of early voting in a midterm election. (Getty Images)

Multiple Grammy award-winning rap duo Salt-N-Pepa are among the pioneers when it comes to women in hip-hop. Formed in Queens, New York, the duo consists of Cheryl James aka Salt and Sandra Denton aka Pepa. They are known for pushing the boundaries with their songs like ‘Shoop’, ‘Whatta Man’ and ‘None Of Your Business.’ The legendary duo has sold over 15 million records worldwide.

Lionel Hampton 

American jazz musician Lionel Hampton (1908 - 2002) on the xylophone, circa 1950. (Photo by Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Lionel Hampton started his career as a drummer in Chicago in the 1920s and later played the vibraphone with Louis Armstrong. He further rose to fame in the 1930s, with Benny Goodman Quartet, one of the first integrated jazz bands in America. Hampton was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1992 and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1996.

Marilyn Horne 

Marilyn Horne performs at the memorial for Tony Randall at Majestic Theater on October 5, 2004, in New York City. (Getty Images)

The mezzo-soprano opera singer is another artist who will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Awards at Grammys 2021. The 87-year-old renowned artist one of the most prolific opera singers of our time. In her career spanning over six decades, she won four Grammy Awards, received the honor from the National Medal of Arts, as well as the Kennedy Center Honors. She also got honored with a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters from France's ministry of culture, and a National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors.

Talking Heads 

Members of the group Talking Heads attend the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on March 18, 2002, in New York City. (Getty Images)

Formed in 1975 in New York, Talking Heads got famous for blending elements of punk, rock, art pop, funk, and world music with an avant-garde aesthetic. The band is known as one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the ’80s. In 2002, Talking Heads were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and four of their albums appear in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Rolling Stone also placed them “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list in 2011.
Grammys can be live-streamed here and it will also be aired on CBS at 8 pm ET.