Created by
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, American, founded 1957
Subject of
Jenkins, Ella, American, born 1924
crystal (material by form) with plastic, reflective glass, foam and adhesive
H x W x D (.1a Crystal): 5 3/4 × 4 1/8 × 4 in. (14.6 × 10.5 × 10.2 cm)
H x W x D (.1b Base): 3/4 × 5 1/4 × 5 1/4 in. (1.9 × 13.3 × 13.3 cm)
Ella Jenkins, nicknamed the "First Lady of Children's Music," was the first children's artist to receive the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award. Jenkins' work draws on the American folk traditions including African American call and response singing, game songs and ring chants.
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award issued to Ella Jenkins. The award is in two pieces, the top, (.1a) crystal and the base, (.1b). The crystal is a rectangular cube with an etched gramophone inside (Grammy). On the front bottom of the crystal, the awardee's name is inscribed, [ELLA JENKINS / 2004]. On the back top of the crystal, the awards name is inscribed, [GRAMMY / LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD].
The base is black plastic with a mirror on the top. The award is attached to the base with adhesive in the four corners. On the bottom are four foam circles in each corner.
Place used
United States, North and Central America
Awards and Medals
trophies (prizes)
Composers (Musicians)
Folk (Music)
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Ella Jenkins
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Permission required for use.
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