Ahmet Ertegun Statement From The Recording Academy
"Ahmet Ertegun was a true visionary whose life's work had a profound impact on our culture's musical landscape, as well as around the world.
"As a Trustees Award recipient and our first Salute to Industry Icons honoree, The Recording Academy had the distinct honor of paying homage to an extraordinary man and one of the most respected executives ever in the entertainment industry.
"His contributions to popular music are everlasting, and his incredible accomplishments will continue to be celebrated for many years to come.
"This is truly a sad day for the music industry and for music lovers everywhere, but his legacy will shine on forever. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his friends, and all who had the pleasure of knowing him."
The Recording Academy
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