The late comedian Richard Pryor and late blues legend Robert Johnson are among the artists who will receive a posthumous lifetime achievement Grammy award.

The Recording Academy, which awards the Grammys - one of the top awards in the U.S. recording industry -  said Pryor will be remembered for his deft treatment of controversial topics, such as race relations, that had previously been ignored. Pryor died last month at age 65, after suffering for years from a degenerative nerve disease.

Blues legend Robert Johnson will also receive an award. Despite a short life that ended in 1938, Johnson's Delta blues style influenced generations of musicians.

Innovative rock musician David Bowie, country music artist Merle Haggard, and opera singer Jessye Norman are among the living performers to be recognized at the February 8 ceremony.