Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been honored with a Grammy award and bronze statue following his recent passing.
The organization behind the Grammy awards, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), has awarded Jobs with its special Trustees Award Grammy. Jobs won the award due to his technological innovations and their impact on the world of media.
"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," the organization said about Jobs’ honor.
Adding, "In 2002, Apple Computer Inc. was a recipient of a Technical Grammy Award for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. The company continues to lead the way with new technology and in-demand products such as the iPhone and iPad."
This honor joins the recent distinction of Jobs’ bronze statue unveiling. The statue was recently presented to the public yesterday in Budapest, Hungary.
The bronze statue stands at 6 and ½-feet tall. It was initially commissioned in mid-October, days after the death of Steve Jobs. Gabor Bojar and Graphisoft, a Hungarian software company that develops software for architects, handled the process.
Bojar spoke on Jobs and his company’s early assistance with Graphisoft. "Apple's support included cash and computers at a time when Graphisoft was a small company with limited resources, working within the economic and political confines of what was, at the time, communist Hungary," Bajor said in a statement.
"Apple also introduced Graphisoft to its worldwide distribution network, which we rely upon to this day."
The statue was crafted by Hungarian sculptor Erno Toth. His statue depicts Steve Jobs in his trademark attire: jeans, turtleneck and little round glasses.
Steve Jobs died of respiratory arrest due to pancreatic cancer that had spread to his other organs. He died at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. on Oct. 5. Jobs was 56-years old.
Jobs was initially diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor, a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2003. He underwent a liver transplant in 2009.
Due to his illness, Jobs had to take several leaves of absence from Apple, one in 2004, one in 2009 and another in Jan. 2011. Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple on Aug. 24. Tim Cook succeeded Jobs as CEO after serving as acting CEO during Jobs’ illnesses.
A few days before his death, Apple notified the police department that Jobs was expected to die, in order for it to prepare patrols in case any mourners gathered at Jobs’ home, The New York Times quoted Palo Alto police department spokeswoman, Sandra Brown as saying.
Along with his best-selling biography and the legacy he left behind as Apple’s CEO, the Grammy award and bronze statue are a testament to the positive impact of Steve Jobs.