Legendary guitarist, and Reunion Blues Artist Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers has been officially announced by The Recording Academy as a 2014 Special Merit Award recipient. In addition to the Isley Brothers, this years recipients include The Beatles, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, and others. "This astoundingly unique and gifted group have created some of the most distinguished and influential work in our musical history” says Recording Academy President/CEO about this years’ recipients, “Their legacies are timeless and legendary, and their creativity will continue to influence and inspire future generations." A formal acknowledgment will be made during the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
The Isley Brothers have enjoyed one of the longest, most diverse, and most influential legacies in pop music. The group's esteemed history spans two generations of siblings and significant cultural shifts in music. Born and raised in Cincinnati, the brothers got their professional start in New York with their first hit single "Shout – Part 1," which has gone on to become a frequently covered classic. Throughout their career, they never stopped reinventing themselves, scoring hits in R&B, Motown soul, funk, disco, and rock. Their 1969 single, "It's Your Thing," earned a GRAMMY for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group, and in 1992 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Brothers Ronald and Ernie Isley have continued to perform together.
Reunion Blues is proud to support Ernie Isley, and will be honoring his achievements at the 2014 NAMM show.