Los Angeles: The Trustees Awards at the 54th Grammy Awards ceremony which recognise contributions to the music industry in areas other than performance, were awarded to band leader Dave Bartholomew, jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder and Apple impresario Steve Jobs.
The Grammys honoured Jobs citing the late Apple boss' advancements that "transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books."
Grammy organisers called him a "creative visionary" for Apple Inc. innovations that include the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
"Accepting this award means so much to me because music meant so much to him," said Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet software and services at Apple.
"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."
The ceremony, already a somber event because many of the recipients recently passed away or weren't healthy enough to attend, was further marred when those in attendance learned Whitney Houston died Saturday afternoon.
The news of the 48-year-old pop-music queen's death - and a brief rainstorm - dampened the mood at the Grammy nominees reception following the ceremony.