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Iggy Pop to receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement honor

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Iggy Pop has never won a Grammy Award. But that's not stopping the Recording Academy from honoring the Michigan rock icon next year.

Pop (real name James Osterberg Jr.), will receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award during the Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards on April 18 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. He'll be joined by Chicago, Public Enemy, Roberta Flack< Isaac Hayes, John Prine and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The honors will also be acknowledged during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS.

The 72-year-old Pop, who was born in Muskegon and raised in Ypsilanti and the others are being honored for "having made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording" -- in his case a 50-plus year career with his hugely influential band the Stooges and as an eclectic solo artist. Pop and the Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 and received the Ordre des Arts et des Letteres from the French Consul General in 2017. He's been nominated for two Grammy Awards, in 1989 and 2017, but did not win either.

Pope's most recent albums, "Free," came out during September and debuted in the Top 10 of Billboard's Top Alternative Albums and Top Tastemaker Albums charts.

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