Jay-Z will receive the honour of Industry Icon from Clive Davis and the Recording Academy on January 27
In a statement, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow described Jay-Z who has five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and four-month-old twins Rumi and Sir with his wife Beyoncé – as a “music visionary”, and said he was “thrilled” to announce him as the recipient of the Icon Award.
He said: “We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to honour Jay-Z with this year’s Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award. 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 honouree as we return to Manhattan for this year’s Grammy Awards.”
Jay-Z has received a whopping 21 gongs from the glitzy award ceremony in the past 18 years, and it has now been revealed that next year, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences are set to bestow their highest honour on the star.
The full list of nominees for the awards show is set to be announced on November 28, and with the critical acclaim Jay-Z received for his recent album ‘4:44’, there’s a chance he could be in with a chance of taking home more than one gong.
With the award, the rapper joins the list of previous honourees such as Davis himself, A&M Records founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, veteran manager Irving Azoff, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Martin Bandier, Virgin Records founder Richard Branson among others.