Thomas Alva Edison will receive a Special Merit Award from The Recording Academy this January according to The Morning Journal.

Among his thousands of inventions, Edison patented his phonograph, the device that allowed people to record and play sounds.

“Thomas Alva Edison was one of the most accomplished inventors in American history, holding nearly 1,100 U.S. patents including the incandescent light bulb, early motion picture and X-ray images,” the Grammy announcement said about the inventor.

“In 1877, he gained public fame for his patent of the phonograph, the first device to record and reproduce sound,” the Recording Academy said. “Edison’s tabletop phonograph was integral in revolutionizing entertainment by bringing music into the homes of people all around the world.”

The award is not the first Grammy prize for Edison. In 1977, the Recording Academy gave him its National Trustee Award for his achievements in recording sound, a spokeswoman said.

Editor note: I wonder if in 133 years, the iPod will also receive a Grammy for its contribution to music?

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