Microphone manufacturer AKG will receive the 2010 Technical Grammy Award. The award, to be presented during this year’s Grammy Week in Los Angeles, recognizes AKG’s long history of contributions to the art and science of music recording and performance through innovation and excellence in product design.
From the Beatles’ watershed performances in Shea Stadium in 1967 to Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and top contemporary artists like Jay Z, Missy Elliot and Kanye West, AKG microphones and headphones have provided great sounding technologies to support the most demanding and creative projects.
This year's only other Grammy Technical Award will be presented posthumously to Thomas Edison, inventor of the phonograph, early motion picture technologies and the incandescent light bulb. Founded in 1947, AKG is part of the Harman International family of pro audio brands. Harman's JBL brand also earned a Technical Grammy in 2005, and it was the first and only loudspeaker manufacturer to be so honored.
"This year's honorees are a prestigious group of diverse and prominent creators who have contributed some of the most distinguished and influential recordings," said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy. "Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy that has positively affected multiple generations and will continue to influence generations to come. It is an honor and privilege to recognize such talented individuals who have had and will continue to have such an influence in both our culture and the music industry."