21-time Grammy award winner, JAY-Z, will be honoured at the 2018 Pre-Grammy Gala, where he’ll be presented with the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award.
The event will be taking place at the Sheraton New York Times Square hotel on Jan. 27 next year, which is the night before the Grammys go down on Sun., Jan. 28 in New York City.
The news was announced by Neil Portnow, the President/CEO of the Recording Academy.
He said, “We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to honor JAY-Z with this year’s GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Award. 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.”
Co-host of the Pre-Grammy Gala, Clive Davis, also expressed his excitement towards honoring the 4:44 rapper with the Icon Award.
He said, “JAY-Z is a quintessential icon and I couldn’t be happier and more excited to share the evening with him,”.
“What a night this will be!”
Past honorees of the award include Clive Davis, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Irving Azoff, Martin Bandier, Richard Branson, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Lucian Grainge, Debra L. Lee, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin and Antonio “L.A.” Reid.