Watch Glen Campbell’s 2012 Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute
With a career spanning more than five decades, 70-plus albums and more than 45 million records sold, to say that Glen Campbell is a country legend would be an understatement. In 2012, 45 years after he won his very first Grammys trophy in 1967, the Rhinestone Cowboy received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy and was lauded with an all-star tribute performance.
The Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award is given to artists who make “contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.” Campbell received the award at the same time as country great George Jones; his honor was bestowed a few months after Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and during his farewell tour. Although his memory was failing him, Campbell took part in the night’s special performance in his honor, which readers can watch above.
Campbell’s first Grammys win, in 1967, came for his song “Gentle on My Mind.” He went on to win another five Grammys trophies; he was the first country artist to win the coveted Album of the Year award in 1968. His final Grammys honor came in 2015, with his final song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” co-written with Julian Raymond for the soundtrack of his documentary Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me. While Campbell himself wasn’t there to receive the honor, his wife Kim was on hand to accept.
“I’m so proud of him tonight,” she said to the audience. “It’s been an amazing journey. He’s been so courageous in bringing awareness to Alzheimer’s and caregiving. Sadly, he can’t be here with us because he is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, but he is healthy and cheerful.”
Campbell passed away on Tuesday (Aug. 8) in Nashville.
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