Irving Azoff has been selected as the honoree at this year’s Pre-Grammy Gala on Sunday, February 14 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
The Recording Academy, in conjunction with Clive Davis who throws the annual party, will present Azoff with the President’s Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and his numerous philanthropic endeavors. Past recipients include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Martin Bandier, Sir Richard Branson, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Lucian Grainge, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin, Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Davis, himself.
Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, said “Teaming with the legendary Clive Davis for the last eight years, our annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala has proven not only to be an unforgettable evening with unique and exciting performances, but it serves as the perfect kickoff to Music’s Biggest Night. This year, we are proud to honor Irving Azoff — a visionary of our industry whose passion and innovation, combined with his championing some of the world’s greatest superstars, has helped to shape the musical landscape for decades.”
Since 1970, Azoff has represented some of the biggest names in music starting his career with Dan Fogelberg and eventually handling the likes of the Eagles, Van Halen, Steely Dan, No Doubt, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera.
As chairman and CEO of Azoff MSG Entertainment since September 2013, he oversees a modern-day company that unites multiple elements of performers’ businesses with divisions that oversee personal management, live performances, performing rights, digital media, television production, and arena development, construction and operations for venues including The Forum in Los Angeles. Throughout his diverse career, he has always been joined by, and continues to represent, the legendary Eagles.
Azoff is recognized for his considerable work on behalf of charitable causes. Through his unique position in the entertainment world, he brings together the music, film and television communities, helping to raise funding for a variety of organizations. He has been honored by the T.J. Martell Foundation and twice by the City of Hope, receiving their prestigious Humanitarian of the Year and Spirit of Life awards, respectively.
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