Master Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jiménez will receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, according to the Recording Academy.
Jiménez is among other legendary performers who will also be honored including George Harrison, the Bee Gees, the Louvin Brothers, Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy and Wayne Shorter.
Jiménez, a five-time Grammy winner with a career spanning more than six decades continues to record and perform. Before a 2013 performance at the Pachanga Latino Music Festival in Austin he told the Statesman’s Spanish-language weekly ¡Ahora Sí! that he enjoys improvising musically and described it as a challenge “or something that comes from the heart.”
Jiménez, who is also known for performing with the Texas Tornadoes, has collaborated with everyone from The Rolling Stones to Willie Nelson. Jiménez has continued the musical legacy of his accordion-playing grandfather and father and blazed his own trail in Tex-Mex music.
“This year we pay tribute to exceptional creators who have made prolific contributions to our culture and history,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow in a news release. “It is an honor and a privilege to recognize such a diverse group of talented trailblazers, whose incomparable bodies of work and timeless legacies will continue to be celebrated for generations to come.”