Throughout the Allman Brothers Band’s over 40 years in the music biz, the jam titans have received very little love from The Recording Academy. In fact, they’ve never won a Grammy outside of a live version of Jessica from An Evening with the Allman Brothers: 2nd Set scoring the band the Best Rock Instrumental Performance award in 1996. On February 12th that will change as three members of the band’s solo efforts will battle for the Best Blues Album Grammy and more importantly the group will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Allmans, Gil Scott-Heron, Diana Ross, Glen Campbell, George Jones, Antonio Carlos Jobim and the Memphis Horns make up the Class of 2012 Special Merit Awards recipients along with Trustees Award honorees Dave Bartholomew, Steve Jobs and Rudy Van Gelder; while Celemony and Roger Nichols are this year’s Technical Grammy Award honorees. We’ll see if ousted guitarist Dickey Betts appears with his old mates during a special, invite-only ceremony during Grammy Week. In addition, the Allmans will be recognized during the February 12th telecast on CBS.