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Detroit Music Legends To Receive Grammy Honor

Of the Oakland Press

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A pair of Oakland County and Detroit music legends will receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2009.

Pontiac-born jazz pianist Hank Jones and Motown hitmakers the Four Tops will be feted at a special, invitation-only ceremony on Feb. 7 in Los Angeles and acknowledged during the CBS broadcast of the 51st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony the following night. Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow saluted Jones, the Tops and this year`s other honorees as "legendary performers, creative architects and technical visionaries who have made lasting contributions to the music and global communities. Their outstanding accomplishments, legendary passion and artistry have positively affected our culture and will continue to influence and inspire generations to come."

Also receiving Lifetime Achievement Awards will be Gene Autrey, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Brenda Lee, Dean Martin and Tom Paxton. George Avakian, Elliott Carter, and Allen Toussaint will each receive the Grammy Trustees Award, while Clarence "Leo" Fender and Universal Audio will receive the Technical Grammy Award.

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