NEW YORK:- Legendary singer Nina Simone, art-rock pioneers The Velvet Underground and funk great Sly Stone will receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2017, the Recording Academy has announced. The music industry body each year presents the special prizes for career-spanning influence, in addition to the regular Grammys which recognize the past year's works. Simone - who never received a Grammy during her lifetime - was a young piano prodigy who, as an African American in the segregated US South, was discouraged from classical music.

She became one of the most celebrated singers of soul and a staunch civil rights activist, with classic tracks such as "To Be Young, Gifted and Black." The Velvet Underground, led by John Cale and the late Lou Reed, revolutionized rock music by bringing an aesthetic from avant-garde art.