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Lifetime honors going to Queen, Tina Turner

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Queen will be crowned with the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award this summer, along with Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris and Tina Turner.

The organization that presents the Grammy Awards says it is honoring Queen's Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon for their "indelible impact" on music, including their Grammy Hall of Fame hits "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You"/"We Are the Champions."

Special Merit Awards will also be presented to famed session drummer Hal Blaine of the Wrecking Crew, pioneering bandleader and "King of the Jukebox" Louis Jordan, and the Meters, the 1960s New Orleans funk band that went on to back musicians like Robert Palmer and Dr. John.

The academy's Trustees Award will be bestowed on composer John Williams, the late, legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, and Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, who signed the Ramones, Talking Heads, the Pretenders and Madonna.

The Recording Academy said details on the official ceremony and concert will be announced "in the coming weeks."

Meanwhile, the 60th annual Grammy Awards will be presented January 28 at New York's Madison Square Garden. The festivities will air live on CBS, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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