We found out that Steve Jobs had been awarded a special posthumous Grammy award by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in December of 2011, but it wasn’t until last night during the televised ceremony that the award was actually presented.

Apple senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue accepted the award on behalf of the Jobs family, and gave a heartfelt acceptance speech (see video below).

The Grammy Trustees Award is given every year to “individuals who, during their careers in music, have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the fired of recording.” In the past, Walt Disney and Dick Clark have been honored recipients of the award. This wasn’t the first Grammy awarded to Jobs — in 2002, Apple won a technical Grammy award.

Other recipients of the 2012 Special Merit Awards included New Orleans band leader and arranger Dave Bartholomew and Rudy Van Gelder, an American recording engineer who specializes in capturing the nuances of jazz.

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