The Recording Academy announced it would be awarding a Grammy -- specifically a Trustees Award -- to Steve Jobs in honor of his contributions to the music industry. "As former CEO and co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs helped create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books," the news release said. "A creative visionary, Jobs' innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store, revolutionized the industry and how music was distributed and purchased."
The Trustees Award goes to people who have contributed to "the field of recording" other than performing (though up until 1983, performers could win it as well). Prior winners include Bela Bartok, Les Paul, and Walt Disney.
There's really not much more to say than what New York Times reporter extraordinaire David Carr said earlier in a tweet:
Steve Jobs to be awarded Grammy for destroying music industry cnet.co/rPV0ZF (insert smilycon here)-- david carr (@carr2n) December 22, 2011