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Dame Julie Andrews and Dolly Parton to get lifetime Grammys

Julie Andrews

Story by Jack Foley

DAME Julie Andrews and country singer Dolly Parton are to receive lifetime achievement Grammy awards, it has been confirmed.

The Mary Poppins star will also be joined by punk rock group The Ramones in receiving the honours for their contribution to music.

Also included among this year’s recipients of special awards are the Juilliard String Quartet, jazz drummer Roy Haynes, folk group The Kingston Trio and gospel singer George Beverly Shea.

They will be presented at a special ceremony on February 12, 2011.

Dame Julie has enjoyed a career spanning more than 60 years, having made her Broadway debut in 1954.

A popular singer and actress, she won a Grammy in 1964, scooping the prize for best recording for children for her role in Mary Poppins.

She has also continued to charm millions of viewers with her voice and acting skills appearing in the iconic film The Sound of Music as well as more modern fare such as The Princess Diaries.

Of the other honourees, several have also previously collected Grammys – Parton has seven, the Juilliard String Quartet have four, Hayes and the Kingston trio each have two and Shea has one.

But February’s ceremony will mark the first time The Recording Academy has honoured punk pioneers The Ramones, who are best known for songs such as Blitzkrieg Bop and their cover of Baby, I Love You.

Commenting on this year’s selections, Neil Portnow, president of the Academy, said: “These influential performers and brilliant innovators have been of great inspiration to our culture and industry. Their legendary work has left a lasting impression and will continue to influence generations to come.”

Although the awards will be given out at a separate ceremony, a formal acknowledgment will be made during the Grammy Awards which are due to be held in Los Angeles on February 13.

Check out this year’s nominees