Steve Jobs was sometimes compared to Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in the pantheon of American business innovators. In February he will also be listed with the Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gil Scott-Heron, George Jones and Diana Ross.
He is being given a posthumous Grammy Award — a Special Merit Award, to be more precise — from The Recording Academy. He is also being remembered with a bronze statue in Budapest, about which more in a moment.
The Grammy is appropriate, said some of those who covered the announcement, since recording was one of the many businesses Jobs changed forever. When Apple released the first iPod a decade ago, people could put their entire record collections in their pocket — and music publishers had a new weapon against the online music-sharing that threatened to cripple them.
“Steve Jobs helped create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books.” said the academy. “A creative visionary, Jobs’ innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store, revolutionized the industry and how music was distributed and purchased.”
Jobs has been honored in many ways since his death in October. Barbara Walters called him the most fascinating person of 2011. I Want Media named him the “Media Person of the Year.”
And at its headquarters in Budapest, the software company Graphisoft has put up a bronze statue of him, probably the world’s first. It was created by the Hungarian sculptor Erno Toth, who showed Jobs in the jeans and mock turtleneck that were his uniform in the last years of his life.