LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Entertainment mogul Irving Azoff, chairman and CEO, Azoff MSG Entertainment will be honored at Clive Davis' annual pre-gala as the Recording Academy presents Azoff with the President's Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and his numerous philanthropic endeavors.
Azoff is being recognized for his considerable work on behalf of charitable causes. He has been honored by the T.J. Martell Foundation and twice by the City of Hope, receiving their Humanitarian of the Year and Spirit of Life awards, respectively.
"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."
Past recipients of the award 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. – Staff Writers