BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Music teachers are now eligible for a Grammy honor of their own.
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow says the organization established a music educator award that will be presented for the first time next year.
Portnow announced the new award Thursday at the Grammy Foundation's 15th annual Music Preservation Project event at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif. Kindergarten through college teachers are eligible and the prize will be presented at a special ceremony the day before the 2014 Grammy Awards.
Thursday's event featured performances by Dionne Warwick, LeAnn Rimes, Emmylou Harris, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, gospel singer Yolanda Adams and Lupe Fiasco, who is up for best rap album at this year's Grammys.
The Grammy Awards will be presented Sunday at Staples Center and broadcast on CBS.