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Martin Bandier, chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV, will be the man of the hour at next year’s Pre-Grammy Gala, presented by the Recording Academy and Clive Davis. Taking place on the eve of the Grammy Awards, the event will see Bandier receive the President’s Merit Award to honor his years of innovation in the field of music publishing.

With this recognition, Bandier joins the ranks of past recipients Herb Alpert, Richard Branson, L.A. Reid, Berry Gordy and last year’s honoree, Lucian Grainge. The gala will be held on Feb. 7 at the Beverly Hilton.

At the helm of Sony/ATV’s catalog since 2007, Bandier oversees the world’s largest music publisher, which controls the rights to music by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson and others.

Bandier is also being recognized for his contributions to the philanthropic side of the industry. He serves on the boards of many organizations, including City of Hope, ASCAP and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He also established The Bandier Program for Music and Entertainment Industries at Syracuse University in 2006.