George Beverly Shea Receives Lifetime Grammy

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Canadian gospel singer George Beverly Shea was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy from the Recording Academy on Saturday night.

Shea, 102, received a standing ovation from a gala crowd that gathered on the eve of the 53rd Grammy Awards. He is one of the oldest living persons to be honored at the Grammy's

He is best known for singing during Rev. Billy Graham's crusades. As a guest soloist, Shea made his first appearance onstage with Dr. Graham in 1947.

"Sometimes I don't know how to go about this because I never planned to be a gospel singer. But Mr. Graham when he got into this type of work in 1947 - I met him in '43 but he began his work in '47 - he asked if I could go along and sing a quiet hymn or gospel song just before he would speak," Shea recently told The Christian Post.

Shea holds the Guinness World Record for singing in person to the most people ever.

"You know, I got in the Guinness Book of Records saying that I sung in person to 210 million people. But I just have to say that they didn't come to hear me, they came to see Billy Graham," he recalled.

Shea has released more than 70 albums and has been nominated for a Grammy 10 times throughout his career and won one in 1966. He has also been inducted into the Gospel Music Association Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

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