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Louvins Honored By Grammys!

Image635590776997818929"The Recording Academy" in Ii's familiar form or National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (founders of the Grammy Awards), in it's formal form,  spanned the globe to select their  Lifetime Achievement Award winners for this 57th Annual Grammy Awards Presentation.

From Australia (The Bee Gees) to Liverpool (George Harrison) and France (composer Pierre Boulez).

But they also took a good look in Music City - Nashville, TN, USA.

Legendary Bluegrass & Country duo The Louvin Brothers were among the Lifetime Achievement Award recipients on Saturday during the Grammys' annual Special Merit Awards ceremony.

The selection comes four years after the death of Charlie Louvin, (brother Ira Louvin died in a car accident in 1965). The pair never picked up a Grammy during their run, but a tribute album did win for best country album in 2004.

"This is a long way from the hills of Tennessee," said Ira's daughter, Kathy Louvin, who accepted the award along with her sister Denise and cousin Charlie Louvin Jr.

"The Louvin Brothers possessed a skill to make others want to sound like them. And they had the courage to sing about things that were painful, true and memorable. Greatness is too often scarred by the humanness of us all. Maybe that's because only God is great. I'm sure from their spot inside the pearly gates, they're all smiles tonight."

The historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre was filled with 2015 Grammy nominees and their guests, and they gave standing ovations to songwriters, technological innovators and music educators alike.

Other honorees included blues guitar great Buddy Guy, Tejano accordionist Flaco Jiménez; inventor Ray Kurzweil, songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil; producer Richard Perry and jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

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