Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been given a Grammy Award for his contribution to the music industry.

The Special Merit Award recipients were announced this week by The Recording Academy, the organisation responsible for handing out Grammys, with Jobs honoured alongside Dave Bartholomew and Rudy Van Gelder in the Trustees Award category.

"As former CEO and co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs helped create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books. A creative visionary, Jobs' innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store, revolutionized the industry and how music was distributed and purchased," a statement on the Grammy website reads.

"In 2002 Apple Computer Inc. was a recipient of a Technical Grammy Award for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. The company continues to lead the way with new technology and in-demand products such as the iPhone and iPad."

Others who have been honoured with Special Merit Awards include Diana Ross, Gil Scott-Heron and Glen Campbell, who all received Lifetime Achievement Awards.

"This year's honorees offer a variety of brilliance, contributions and lasting impressions on our culture," said Neil Portnow, President and CEO of The Recording Academy. 

"It is an honour to recognise such a diverse group of individuals whose talents and achievements have had an indelible impact on our industry."

The Grammys ceremony will take place on 12 February 2012.