Clive Davis along with The Recording Academy will honor Jay-Z’s musical achievements and contributions with the Grammy Salute to Icons Award during Davis’ annual pre-Grammy Awards gala in 2018.
Jay ties Kanye West for the most Grammys for a hip-hop act with 21 awards. Hov’s last win was in 2015 for “Best R&B Performance” & “Best R&B Song” for “Drunk in Love” along with Beyoncé.
Hov will be honored alongside Berry Gordy, L.A. Reid, Debra Lee and Sir Richard Branson.
“We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to honor JAY-Z with this year’s GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Award,” Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement. “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. 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.”
The ceremony will take place at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on January 26 one day before the 60th annual Grammy Awards which is expected to be a big night for Jigga after the release of his album 4:44 back in July.
“JAY-Z is a quintessential icon and I couldn’t be happier and more excited to share the evening with him,” added Clive Davis, who’s set to co-host the pre-show gala. “What a night this will be!”
Nominations will be announced on November 28, and the show will take place on January 28 at Madison Square Garden.