Jay-Z will be honored by Clive Davis and the Recording Academy at the annual Pre-Grammy Gala (a.k.a. “The Clive Party”) on Jan. 27, 2018. The 21-time Grammy winner and entrepreneur will be recognized as the 2018 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons honoree for his significant contributions to the music industry and his numerous philanthropic endeavors.
Past recipients of the honor include Davis himself, 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 and former Epic Records CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid.
The gala will be held at the Sheraton New York Times Square on the evening before the Grammy Awards ceremony, which is being held in New York for only the second time since 1998.
“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 is a quintessential icon and I couldn’t be happier and more excited to share the evening with him,” said Davis. “What a night this will be!”
Among his highlighted achievements, Jay-Z has launched his own record label, Roc-A-Fella, which evolved into his Roc Nation company (which includes artist and athlete management, a label and publishing, touring, film/TV and other branches), the Made In America festival, acquired luxury spirits brand Armand De Brignac, and maintains his role as majority owner in the 40/40 sports clubs. He also became co-owner of the streaming service Tidal in 2015 and earlier this year became the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
His philanthropic work is largely centered around the Shawn Carter Foundation, founded in 2002, which is dedicated to helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education. In recent weeks Tidal has been exceptionally active in leading natural-disaster relief efforts to Mexico and the Caribbean, sending four planes full of supplies to afflicted areas.