Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs wins posthumous Grammy

Steve Jobs’ death caused an outpouring of support.
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February 12 Today in Apple historyFebruary 12, 2012: Months after his untimely death, Steve Jobs is honored with a Special Merit Grammy Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of music with the iPod and iTunes Music Store.

The award is collected by Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, on behalf of Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs, his kids, and “everyone at Apple.”

Celebrating Apple’s contribution to the music industry

Steve Jobs’ death on October 5, 2011, caused a massive outpouring of public grief the likes of which has rarely been seen for a business executive.

What made Jobs particularly relevant to the Grammys crowd was that he had helped bridge the gap between technology and the humanities — and had helped shake up the music industry in the process. By February 2012, the iTunes Music Store was the biggest music vendor in the entire world.

This was the second time Jobs had, in some measure, been honored by The Recording Academy. Apple itself won a Technical Grammy Award in 2002.

“On behalf of Steve’s wife, Laurene, his children, and everyone at Apple, I’d like to thank you for honoring Steve with the Trustees Grammy Award,” Cue said in his speech.

“Steve was a visionary, a mentor, and a very close friend. I had the incredible honor of working with him for the last fifteen years. Accepting this award means so much to me because music meant so much to him. He told us that music shaped his life, it made him who he was. Everyone that knows Steve knows the profound impact that artists like Bob Dylan and The Beatles had on him.

Steve was focused on bringing music to everyone in innovative ways. We talked about it every single day. When he introduced the iPod in 2001, people asked ‘Why is Apple making a music player?’ His answer was simple: ‘We love music, and it’s always good to do something you love.’ His family and I know that this Grammy would have been very special to him, so I thank you for honoring him today.”

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