Jay-Z has a whopping 21 Grammys already under his belt, and will soon be able to add one more to his impressive collection.
The Brooklyn native will be awarded the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award for his remarkable contributions and impact on the music industry. He’ll receive the honor during the 2018 Pre-GRAMMY Gala the night before the 60th annual Grammy Awards.
Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy shared 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.”
Revered record industry veteran Clive Davis added, “Jay-Z is a quintessential icon and I couldn’t be happier and more excited to share the evening with him.”
While nominations for the 2018 ceremony have yet to be announced, Hov is expected to pick up at least one for his latest album, 4:44.
Earlier this year, Jay-Z became the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pre-Grammy Gala will take place at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on Jan. 27.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.