Dolly Parton will be among several of the Recording Academy's special honorees of 2011. The legendary country singer, who's already won seven Grammys in the past, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award at an invitation-only ceremony on Feb. 12, 2011, a day before the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are aired. Additionally, a formal acknowledgment of Parton's award will be made during the Grammy Awards telecast from Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2011.
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors, as one would guess, lifelong contributions to the recording arts. Its recipients are chosen by the Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Punk icons the Ramones, singer-actress Julie Andrews, drummer Roy Haynes, classical music experts the Juilliard String Quartet and the folk revivalists the Kingston Trio will also receive 2011 Lifetime Achievement Grammys.
"It is a great honor to recognize and celebrate such a distinguished and dynamic group of honorees who have been the creators of such timeless art," Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow says in an official press release. "These influential performers and brilliant innovators have been of great inspiration to our culture and industry. Their legendary work has left a lasting impression and will continue to influence generations to come."
Tune in to the telecast of 2011's Grammy Awards at 8PM ET/PT on CBS to see the mention of Parton's honor, and to find out which country music artists will take home Grammys for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, Best Male Country Vocal Performance, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Country Collaboration With Vocals, Best Country Instrumental Performance, Best Country Song, Best Country Album and more. For a full list of nominees, check out the official list at the Recording Academy's Grammy Awards website.