Jay-Z will be the man of the hour this year at Clive Davis’ annual Pre-Grammy Gala in New York.
Page Six reports, “phones are ringing off the hook with people trying to score an invitation” to the bash, which will feature Davis and the Recording Academy recognizing Hov as the 2018 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons honoree for his significant contributions to the music industry and his numerous philanthropic endeavors.
Among those expected to attend the event at the Sheraton New York Times Square on Jan. 27 are: Alicia Keys, Mick Fleetwood, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Jerry Seinfeld, Daniel Craig, Tina Fey, Meg Ryan, Mariah Carey, Katie Couric, Lorde, Jennifer Hudson, Migos, Martha Stewart, Nile Rodgers, the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Rita Ora, Ludacris, Will.i.am, Khalid, Diplo, Logic, Luis Fonsi, Patti LuPone, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Strahan, Gayle King, Don Lemon, Isaiah Thomas and CC Sabathia.
“We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to honor Jay-Z with this year’s Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award,” said Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow. “His contributions as an industry trailblazer and music visionary only begin to touch on the tremendous impact he’s made both in entertainment and beyond. Jay-Z also embodies the vibrant spirit of New York City and we couldn’t imagine a more fitting honoree as we return to Manhattan for this year’s Grammy Awards.”
Jay-Z, a 21-time Grammy winner, joins past Industry Icons Award recipients: A&M Records founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, veteran manager Irving Azoff, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Martin Bandier, Virgin Records founder Sir Richard Branson, Atlantic Records cofounder Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, BET CEO Debra L. Lee, Sony Music Entertainment chairman Doug Morris, longtime Warner Bros. Records CEO Mo Ostin, former Epic Records CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Davis himself.
The 60th Grammy Awards will take place the following day (Jan. 28) at Madison Square Garden, airing live on CBS from 7:30–11 p.m. ET/4:30–8 p.m. PT.
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