Steve Jobs wins Grammy Award for contributions to music industry

Between Adele's big night and artists paying tribute to Whitney Houston, you may have missed that Steve Jobs won a Grammy Award last night.

Jobs was the recipient of a Trustees Award for his "innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store," which "revolutionized the industry and how music was distributed and purchased," according to The Recording Academy.

Apple's Head of iTunes Eddy Cue accepted the award for Jobs, who died on Oct. 5, 2011 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. "Music meant so much to him," Cue said. "Music shaped his life, it made him who he was."

Jobs was also included in last night's "In Memoriam" slideshow, an annual portion of the Grammy's remembering lives lost in the industry in the past year. He was listed as a "digital music pioneer."

Several on Twitter took notice of this.

"Wow, sign of the times. Steve Jobs included In Memoriam because he was a digital music pioneer..." said Sarah-Ann Soffer, a PR manager in New York.

Others found irony in the mention.

"Honoring Steve Jobs yet the RIAA fought digital music tooth and nail," Bobby Dunlap wrote.

"Wait! Did they just call Steve Jobs a digital music pioneer? The same people that wanted to stop him from 'destroying' the industry? #irony," added Emily Weiner.

This morning, Nate Lanxon, the editor of, expressed support for Jobs's Grammy.

"Glad Steve Jobs got a Grammy. He's done more for the music industry over the last decade than the music industry did itself," Lanxon said.

It was first announced in December that Jobs would win the award. Discussion started then on Google+ on whether he deserved the award and it continues today. The official Grammy website describes the Trustees Award as given to individuals who make "significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording."

This wasn't the first Grammy award honoring Apple's contributions to the music industry. The company also received a technical Grammy in 2002 for its computer technology's role revolutionizing the music industry, as reported by CNET.


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