Apple’s head of iTunes, Eddy Cue, was the one tapped to accept the Grammy Trustees Award given to late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on Saturday at the Grammy Special Merit Awards Ceremony. The award recognizes “individuals who, during their careers in music, have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording.”
The Recording Academy’s National Trustees announced that it would award Jobs the Grammy in December. Past recipients of the award include Walt Disney, Thomas Edison and Les Paul.
Cue accepted the award on behalf of Jobs’s wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, his children and everyone at Apple. In his speech, he mentioned the influence that music had on Jobs, specifically mentioning the effect of artists such as Bob Dylan and The Beatles.
“Steve was focused on bringing music to everyone in innovative ways. We talked about it every single day,” Cue said, concluding his speech with a salute to the sky.
On the award’s Web site, Yo-Yo Ma wrote his own tribute to Jobs, outlining their friendship through the years. The world-class cellist said that he had treasured Jobs’s friendship. And while Ma had regretfully turned down an invitation to play at Jobs’s wedding, he agreed to play at his funeral.
“This last year we had three visits, and in the spring Steve asked me to play at his funeral. I said I would, if he would speak at mine,” Ma wrote. “Needless to say, Steve got his way. I, like so many others, will always be grateful for the impact he had, for the beautiful tools that have helped change my thinking, but even more so for his extraordinary friendship.”