Marilyn Horne receives second Lifetime Achievement award from Recording Academy

Posted on: March 18, 2021

“Because classical music has been the … stepchild at the Grammy Awards for too many years, fans can be forgiven if they missed the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award received by Marilyn Horne last Sunday,” writes Sarah Shay in Tuesday’s (3/16) Musical America (subscription required). In addition to her storied opera career, Horne performed widely with orchestras and mentored several generations of upcoming classical vocalists. “It was her second Lifetime Achievement Award; her first, in 2001, did not include an actual Grammy. No stranger to the award, the legendary mezzo-soprano has received 15 nominations and been previously honored with the Recording Academy’s gold-plated gramophone four times. Her first, in 1965 as the ‘Most Promising New Classical Recording Artist’ … was for The Age of Bel Canto with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Bonynge. She would go on to win twice for ‘Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance,’ in 1981 for Live from Lincoln Center—Sutherland/Horne/Pavarotti and two years later for Leontyne Price & Marilyn Horne in Concert at the Met, the only time the two ever gave a concert together. Her final Grammy, for ‘Best Opera Recording,’ was for Handel’s Semele, recorded with Kathleen Battle and Samuel Ramey under John Nelson’s baton in 1993.”