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The Recording Academy® Statement re: Earl Scruggs

Four-time GRAMMY® winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Earl Scruggs was a bluegrass legend and banjo pioneer. He began playing banjo at the age of four and his unique three-finger playing became known worldwide as “the Scruggs picking style.” An innovator who helped popularize the banjo and helped change country music, he leaves an indelible legacy that will be remembered for generations to come. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans and all who have been inspired by his musical innovations.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy