Lucian Grainge
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United Kingdom

Universal Music Group


Chairman / CEO

He has spent most of his career at Universal, helping build the company into the world’s biggest music purveyor, with more than a dozen labels (Republic, Interscope and Capitol, home to Drake, Eminem and Katy Perry, respectively), a publishing arm, a catalog division and a merchandise business. According to Nielsen Music’s midyear report, 8 of the U.S.’ top 10 artists were Universal acts. Forays into film production (Polydor), music for television and games and music tech have helped UMG achieve an eye-popping $40 billion valuation. Knighted in 2016, Sir Grainge is far from his talent-scout days in his native England, where he launched the Psychedelic Furs, Eurythmics and Pet Shop Boys. In 2018, he was honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Hitmaker Award.


  • RCA
  • PolyGram Music Publishing

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • EmPOWerment Award
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Lucian Grainge Honored as Cannes Lions' Media Person of the Year

Lucian Grainge Honored as Cannes Lions' Media Person of the Year

Both a visionary who early on embraced streaming and the digital revolution, and a traditionalist who signed and supported the careers of such classic artists as the Rolling Stones, Queen, Elton John and U2, Lucian Grainge, chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group, is recognized as one of the most innovative, influential and powerful executives in the history of the music business. This year, the Cannes Lions fest is honoring him as the Media Person of 2017.Few executives have dealt so well...


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