Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is set to receive another honor for his storied career in the music industry and philanthropic endeavors. The Recording Academy will present Carter with the 2018 Grammy Salute To Industry Icons award.

“We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to honor Jay-Z with this year’s Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award,” says Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “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.”

Portnow continues, “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.”

Music business legend Clive Davis will serve as the co-host for the annual Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday, January 27, 2018. The event will feature Jay-Z picking up the Industry Icons Award.

“Jay-Z is a quintessential icon and I couldn’t be happier and more excited to share the evening with him,” says Davis. “What a night this will be!”

Past recipients of the Grammy Salute To Industry Icons Award include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Irving Azoff, Martin Bandier, Sir Richard Branson, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Lucian Grainge, Debra L. Lee, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin, and Antonio “L.A.” Reid.

Jay-Z’s career includes winning 21 Grammy Awards, releasing the most #1 albums by a solo artist, and becoming the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Brooklyn-raised entrepreneur also founded the Shawn Carter Foundation which supports Shawn Carter Scholars at more than 100 institutions of higher education.

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