The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Frankie Knuckles

GRAMMY® Winner Frankie Knuckles was a legendary producer, remixer and DJ who was a pioneer of house music. His role in combining elements of disco, electronic sound, soul and synth into a new genre earned him the title “Godfather of House Music.” His electrifying remixes and high-energy performances on the turntables packed clubs for decades, and he inspired a generation of DJs, bringing house music to the mainstream. As a remixer, he worked with a number of artists including Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross and won a GRAMMY Award for Remixer Of The Year, Non-Classical in its inaugural year in 1997. We also remember him fondly as an elected leader of The Recording Academy. We have lost a true visionary and a treasured talent, and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, his fans and all who were, and continue to be, inspired by his passion and genius.

Neil Portnow
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