Lucian Grainge
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United Kingdom

Universal Music Group


Chairman / CEO

He’s 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.




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  • RCA
  • PolyGram Music Publishing

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Universal Music Chairman Lucian Grainge to Be Honored by Songwriters Hall of Fame (EXCLUSIVE)

Universal Music Chairman Lucian Grainge to Be Honored by Songwriters Hall of Fame (EXCLUSIVE)

Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, will be honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as the 2018 recipient of the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at the organization’s annual induction ceremony in New York on June 14. Inductees at this year’s event include Bill Anderson, Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown & James “JT” Taylor P/K/A “Kool & The Gang,” Steve Dorff, Jermaine Dupri, Alan Jackson, John Mellencamp and Allee Willis.The Hitmaker award, named after one of the hall’s...


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