Wow, well deserved. I put Rice up there with Segovia, Reinhardt, Hendrix, Atkins, Van Halen, etc. that reshaped the guitar and how it is used in their genres. There is guitar playing in bluegrass before Rice and it is different after Rice. He is one of the main reason guitars even get solos.
Also, very meloncolie. Maybe it is the voice thing, which is sad since he had such a great voice, but he seems to have had a rough time beyond that. Consider, he is only one year older than Bush, and almost ten years younger than Rowan.