Ravi Shankar‘s posthumous Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award was accepted by his daughters at a pre-Grammy event in Los Angeles yesterday (February 9).
Anoushka Shankar, a gifted sitar-player herself, and award-winning singer Norah Jones, accepted the award on behalf of their late father at a ceremony at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in California.
Speaking about her father, who passed away on December 11 2012, Nora Jones said: “We know he was very excited to be receiving this award. We really miss him. He lived and breathed music. He was tapping out rhythms on the breakfast table and making me do five over seven…I am still trying to get it. We are very happy to accept the award for him.”
Her sister, Anoushka Shankar, added: “It was 60 days ago today that he passed away. It’s kind of difficult to be standing up here, like Norah said, I am thrilled that he knew about this award before he passed away at least. But I wish we weren’t standing up here for him.”
Other recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 were singer-songwriter Carole King, the late pianist Glenn Gould, jazz musician Charlie Haden, the late blues musician Lightnin’ Hopkins, singer Patti Page and Motown group The Temptations.
With six nominations apiece, Mumford and Sons, Jay-Z and Kanye West are among the frontrunners for tonight’s (February 10) Grammy Awards.
In the prestigious Album of the Year category, Mumford & Sons’ ‘Babel’ will compete against Ocean’s ‘channel ORANGE’, Fun.’s ‘Some Nights’, The Black Keys’ ‘El Camino’ and Jack White‘s ‘Blunderbuss’. Ocean and Fun. will also square up for the Best New Artist trophy, where they face competition from Alabama Shakes.