"Accepting this award means so much to me because music meant so much to him. He told us that music shaped his life," Cue said. "It made him who he was. Everyone that knows Steve knows the profound impact that artists like Bob Dylan and The Beatles had on him.
"When he introduced the iPod in 2001, people asked, 'Why is Apple making a music player?' His answer was simple: 'We love music, and it's always good to do something you love.'"
It is the second time that Steve Jobs and Apple have been honoured by the Recording Acadamy. The company was awarded a Technical Grammy in 2002, one year after the launch of the iPod.
A further tribute to Jobs was posted by 16-time Grammy winner and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, one of his favourite musicians. It reveals that Jobs was aware of his impending death as early as last Spring:
"In the spring Steve asked me to play at his funeral. I said I would, if he would speak at mine. Needless to say, Steve got his way."
Watch the acceptance speech by Eddy Cue on behalf of Apple here: