The late Sitar legend Pandit Ravi Shankar was posthomously awarded the Best World Music Album trophy at the 55th Grammy Awards, just a day after being honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy by The Recording Academy. At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, was held music's biggest night, where his daughter, Anoushka, accepted the award on his behalf, and said "It's OK to lose to your father".
The previous day, half sisters Norah Jones and Anoushka accepted the Lifetime Achievement Grammy, at the Academy's Special Merit Awards Celebration. Pandit was one among the seven, including Carole King and the Temptations, who were honoured the Lifetime Achievement Award. We know he was very excited to be receiving this award. We really miss him. He lived and breathed music. I remember him drumming on the breakfast table, trying to get me to learn to play seven (beats) over five. I'm still trying to learn that. We are very happy to accept the award for him said Norah who has nine Grammys to her credit. It was 60 days ago today that he passed away. It's kind of difficult to be standing up here. Like Norah said, I am thrilled that he knew about this award before he passed away at least. But I wish we weren't standing up here for him. continued Anoushka.
Anoushka spoke about her mother Sukanya, She is the reason he was able to be alive as long as he was, so I'm eternally grateful to her. Though she was present at the big event on Saturday, she did not take to the stage.
Shankar's album The Living Room Sessions Part 1, competed with Anoushka's Traveller, Amadou & Mariam's Folila, Daneil Ho's On A Gentle Island Breeze and Hugh Masekela's Jabulani.