Clive Davis and The Recording Academy will present the annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The private invitation-only VIP event will feature memorable musical performances and will be attended by the who's who of the entertainment industry.
As part of the evening's celebration, the 2016 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons will honor Irving Azoff, chairman and CEO, Azoff MSG Entertainment. The Recording Academy 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, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Lucian Grainge, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin, and Antonio "L.A." Reid.
"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," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "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."
Irving Azoff is a name that has become synonymous with the entertainment industry. With four decades of leadership within the music industry, he remains at the forefront of creating and fortifying doors of opportunity for artists and reshaping the way the music business operates.
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 continued to represent the GRAMMY-winning band the 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.
Clive Davis' and The Recording Academy's Pre-GRAMMY Gala is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. The telecast will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.