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Led Zeppelin to get Grammy honour
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven is Led Zeppelin's most famous song
Rock legends Led Zeppelin, Jerry Lee Lewis and Janis Joplin will receive lifetime achievement honours at this year's prestigious Grammy Awards.

The awards, the music equivalent of the Oscars, will be handed out by the US Recording Academy in February.

The Academy said it was honouring "profoundly inspiring figures" who were "legendary performers and archetypal musicians and cultural ambassadors".

Country star Eddy Arnold and jazz great Jelly Roll Morton will also get awards.

British band Led Zeppelin were founded by British guitarist Jimmy Page following the demise of his band The Yardbirds.

Joining him was Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones.

Their best-known song was Stairway to Heaven, which often tops polls to find the greatest rock tune of all time.

Janis Joplin
Joplin died at the age of 27
Joplin's posthumous award recognises her contribution to the rock scene during her influential but short career.

She died of a drugs overdose in 1970 at the age of just 27 but songs such as Summertime and Mercedes Benz have endured.

Jerry Lee Lewis' created his own brand of high-energy rock and roll, matched by his energetic stage performances, blending blues, gospel, country and rock.

Other artists who will be honoured by the Grammys include the original members of the Carter Family country band, jazz legend Art Blakey, who died at the age of 71 in 1990, and blues pianist Pinetop Perkins.

The recipients of the special merit awards will be recognised at a special ceremony in Los Angeles on 12 February and during the Grammy Awards the following night.

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