Recording Academy Honors Haggard, Bradley

Merle Haggard will be presented with the Recording Academy’s lifetime achievement award in Los Angeles on Feb. 7 and acknowledged the following day during the 48th annual Grammy Awards ceremony. David Bowie, Cream, the Weavers, opera singer Jessye Norman and the late Richard Pryor and Robert Johnson will also be honored. Haggard has won only two Grammys — one in 1984 (for “That’s the Way Love Goes”) and in 1998 (for the all-star collaboration, “Same Old Train”). He is nominated this year for “Politically Uncorrect,” his duet with Gretchen Wilson. … In related news, the Recording Academy has also selected the late Owen Bradley as one of this year’s recipients of its trustees award. A Nashville recording pioneer, Bradley produced classic recordings by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and many others. He also served for many years as head of Decca Records’ Nashville office.