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Steve Jobs Honored at Grammys

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was awarded a posthumous Grammy Trustees Award on Saturday evening, for his contributions to the music industry and his part in creating the iPod and iTunes. Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, accepted the award on his behalf.

“Accepting this award means so much to me, because music meant so much to him,” Cue said during the awards ceremony. “He told us that music shaped his life. It made him who he was. Everyone who knows Steve knows the profound impact that artists like Bob Dylan and the Beatles had on him.”

Video and a transcript of Cue’s speech below:

On behalf of Steve’s wife, Laurene, his children, and everyone at Apple, I’d like to thank you for honoring Steve with the Trustees Grammy Award. Steve was a visionary, a mentor, and a very close friend. I had the incredible honor of working with him for the last fifteen years.

Accepting this award means so much to me because music meant so much to him. He told us that music shaped his life … it made him who he was. Everyone that knows Steve knows the profound impact that artists like Bob Dylan and The Beatles had on him.

Steve was focused on bringing music to everyone in innovative ways. We talked about it every single day. When he introduced the iPod in 2001, people asked “Why is Apple making a music player?” His answer was simple: “We love music, and it’s always good to do something you love.”

His family and I know that this Grammy would have been very special to him, so I thank you for honoring him today.


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