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Lifetime Achievement Grammy for Prine

Updated: Dec 21, 2019

Just when you think John Prine’s ageless career can’t get any better, it does! Prine has been named as one of the recipients of the Recording Academy’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Prine, a two-time Grammy winner, has a total of 11 Grammy nominations, dating back to 1972 when he was nominated for Best New Artist of the Year. The Missing Years (1991) and Fair and Square (2005) won for Best Contemporary Folk Album. And in 2015, his self-titled 1971 debut album was enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Reacting to this 2020 Award, Prine said on his website: “This is a great Christmas present! So honored to be part of the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement class of 2020 - thank you Recording Academy!”

Other 2020 Lifetime Achievement honorees are pop-rock group Chicago, late soul legend Isaac Hayes, singer Roberta Flack, punk pioneer Iggy Pop, gospel-rock icon Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and hip-hop group Public Enemy. A special award presentation and concert will take place in Pasadena, California, on April 18.

The last Americana star to receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award was Emmylou Harris in 2018. Others in the genre to be so honored include Linda Ronstadt and Kris Kristofferson.

It has been a blockbuster year for Prine. He earned three 2019 Grammy nominations relating to his critically acclaimed 2018 album The Tree of Forgiveness which was his first studio album in 13 years. The Tree of Forgiveness alsofeatured at the Americana Music Awards in September when he won Album of the Year and Song of the Year for “Summer's End,” written by Prine and Pat McLaughlin.

Earlier in the year, the man who penned immortal classics like “Angel from Montgomery,” “Hello in There,” “Sam Stone” and “Paradise” was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. And a week later he took top honors at the 2019 Libera Awards, which recognise industry figures who contribute their talent to the world of indie music.

And at the age of 73, Prine has spent most of the year touring – both home and abroad – to promote The Tree of Forgiveness. Next year looks just as congested. His just-released schedule has him listed to do more than 30 concerts spanning the globe - from Oslo to Sydney.


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