At this point, the accomplishments of JAY-Z—not only as a rapper, but also as an entertainment-industry entrepreneur—are immeasurable. And now, consequently, he will be honored with the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award at the upcoming 2018 Pre-Grammy Gala.
JAY-Z—who released his latest album, 4:44, on June 30 of this year—is scheduled to receive the award at the ceremony, which will be held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on January 27, 2018. The ceremony will take place on the day before the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which will hold at the Madison Square Garden. Coincidentally, both events will take place in New York City, where JAY-Z hails from.
Presenting the award to JAY-Z would be legendary record exec Clive Davis—who has been appointed to co-host the Pre-Grammy Gala—on behalf of the Recording Academy. In a joint press release, Davis and the Recording Academy President & CEO Neil Portnow expressed their pleasure in the recipient’s upcoming recognition. According to Davis, “JAY-Z is a quintessential icon and I couldn’t be happier and more excited to share the evening with him.” And Portnow recognizes the iconic rap artist’s “contributions as an industry trailblazer and music visionary.”
Considered as one of the greatest rappers and best-selling musicians of all time, JAY-Z holds the record for most number-one albums by a solo artist on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart (14). Certain albums of his—1996’s Reasonable Doubt, 2001’s The Blueprint, and 2003’s The Black Album i—are widely considered among the greatest in music history. And he has also made a name for himself as a successful businessman: co-creating the Rocawear clothing line, owning a sports bar (40/40 Club), running Def Jam Records, and founding a sports agency (Roc Nation Sports) and entertainment company (Roc Nation).