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A posthumous recognition is a ceremonial award given after the recipient has died, usually in honor of an action associated with his or her death.

Awards are normally given while the recipient is alive, but when awarded after death, the award is referred to as having been "made posthumously". Some awards are given only after the death of the recipient, and thus are by definition a posthumous recognition. Conversely, some awards, such as some Nobel Prizes, and most knighthoods, cannot be awarded posthumously.


On April 4, 2009, Cliff Burton was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with the rest of Metallica. During the ceremony, the induction was accepted by Cliff's father, Ray Burton, who shared the stage with the band and mentioned that Cliff's mother was actually Metallica's biggest fan.




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