Tammy Wynette To Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Tammy Wynette will be honored at the 2024 Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards Ceremony.
Fans of Tammy Wynette learned the exciting news that the late country music star will be honored posthumously with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2024 Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards Ceremony.
In a press release shared today (Jan 5), the Recording Academy announced all of the honorees of the Special Merit Awards, which include the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award, Technical GRAMMY® Award, and Best Song For Social Change Award. The ceremony will take place on February 3rd at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.
CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr., said:
“The Academy is honored to pay tribute to this year’s Special Merit Award recipients — a remarkable group of creators and industry professionals whose impact resonates with generations worldwide. Their contributions to music span genres, backgrounds, and crafts, reflecting the rich diversity that fuels our creative community.”
Tammy Wynette’s daughter shared the news and expressed gratitude on social media.
Georgette Jones Lennon, daughter of Tammy Wynette and country music legend George Jones, posted the exciting news online, adding that their family had been keeping the secret for months. She shared:
“Our family couldn’t be more thrilled to announce: The 66th annual Grammy Awards are giving our Mom the highest possible musical award. She’s receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award… We are so grateful for such an honor for Mom!”
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Tammy Wynette’s contributions to country music earned her the coveted award.
According to the Recording Academy, the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to “performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.”
Tammy Wynette made an immeasurable impact on the country music industry during her 30-year career. She made a name for herself when she released “Stand By Your Man” in 1968 which went on to sell more than five million singles and became the largest-selling single ever recorded by a female artist.
By 1970, Wynette had racked up five No. 1 hits, was named Female Vocalist of the Year at the CMA’s three times, and won two Grammy Awards. She was the first female country music singer to sell more than one million albums and to date, has sold over 30 million records grossing more than $100 million, earning her the title “The First Lady of Country Music.”
Tammy Wynette passed away in 1998 at the age of 55. Her contributions to country music will never be forgotten, and this Lifetime Achievement Award is evidence of that.