What more can the GRAMMYs give to a man who is among one of its top winners? Even more than that, it seems.
In 2018 the 21 (21, 21) time-winning JAY-Z will be a recipient of the GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award, alongside music industry luminaries Clive Davis, Berry Gordy, L.A. Reid, Debra L. Lee, and Sir Richard Branson. Described as “an industry trailblazer and music visionary,” Jay — née Shawn Carter — will be recognized “for his significant contributions to the music industry and his numerous philanthropic endeavors.”
“We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to honor JAY-Z with this year’s GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Award. His contributions… only begin to touch on the tremendous impact he’s made both in entertainment and beyond,” Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, said via statement.
“Among his achievements, Carter has served as President of Def Jam Recordings, launched the successful Made In America festival, acquired luxury spirits brand Armand De Brignac, and maintains his role as majority owner in the 40/40 sports clubs. In 2013, Carter launched Roc Nation Sports, whose roster includes NBA Champion Kevin Durant and MLB All-Star Robinson Cano. Carter became co-owner in global streaming service, TIDAL, in 2015. In 2017, Carter became the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame,” the statement continued.
The GRAMMYs will return to New York City, for the first time since 2003, on January 28th, 2018.