Julie Greenwald, Atlantic Music Group chairman/CEO, and Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records chairman/CEO, will obtain the 2023 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons award. The award will likely be introduced on the Pre-Grammy Gala on the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. The annual occasion is introduced collectively by business legend Clive Davis and the Recording Academy.
This would be the first time since 2020 that the occasion will happen. Sony Music Group chairman Rob Stringer was announced because the recipient final 12 months. He was scheduled to obtain the award on Sun, Jan. 30, 2022, the evening earlier than the sixty fourth Annual Grammy Awards, however the occasion was canceled due to a surge associated to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Grammys telecast itself was pushed again to April 3, 2022 and moved to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The award was introduced to Stringer in Las Vegas by Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. Stringer was additionally acknowledged because the Icon honoree on the Grammy Awards telecast. But he missed out on the gala.
The Recording Academy and Davis will rejoice Greenwald and Kallman’s accomplishments at this 12 months’s occasion, set for the evening earlier than the sixty fifth Annual Grammy Awards, which is able to return to Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles (previously the Staples Center) on Feb. 5, 2023.
“Respected across the music community, Julie and Craig have fostered the careers of an incredible range of talent,” Mason mentioned in an announcement. “They both have a passion and love for music, and they are constantly pushing the music industry forward with their transformative work with the artist community. We are so honored to celebrate these two industry titans at this year’s Pre-Grammy Gala.”
“I’ve personally known Julie and Craig for many years and it’s so very exciting to celebrate their exceptional creativity and achievements at this year’s Pre-Grammy Gala,” mentioned Davis, a earlier honoree at this occasion. “What a special night it will be spotlighting them and their incredible music and artists!”
Greenwald and Kallman first joined forces in 2004, when Greenwald moved to Atlantic from Island Def Jam. Greenwald and Kallman would be the first pair to obtain the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Honor since Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss, the co-founders of A&M Records.
In addition to Davis, Alpert & Moss and Stringer, the roster of earlier Pre-Grammy Gala honorees contains Clarence Avant, Irving Azoff, Martin Bandier, Sir Richard Branson, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Lucian Grainge, Debra L. Lee, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin, and Antonio “L.A.” Reid.
The just lately shaped Atlantic Music Group, which incorporates the Atlantic and 300 Elektra label households, garnered practically 40 Grammy nominations this 12 months. Its prime nominees this 12 months embrace Lizzo, with 5 nods, together with album, report and track of the 12 months; Coldplay and Jack Harlow, with three nods every; and GAYLE with a nod for track of the 12 months.
The Atlantic Records site has a listing of practically 200 “active artists” for its numerous labels, together with Big Beat Records, Canvasback, Elektra Records, Fueled By Ramen, Maybach Music Group, and Roadrunner Records.
The website additionally lists greater than 60 “legacy artists” and 6 Broadway forged albums, together with the blockbusters Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen.
Atlantic Records is celebrating its seventy fifth anniversary. The label was based in October 1947 by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson. In 1967, Atlantic grew to become an entirely owned subsidiary of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group. In 2004, Atlantic and its sister label Elektra had been merged into the Atlantic Records Group.
The invitation-only Pre-Grammy Gala has develop into one of the unique Grammy Week occasions. Sometimes, the occasion makes information, because it did three years in the past when Combs put the Recording Academy on notice that he needed to see main modifications in the best way it operated.
“Truth be told, hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys,” Combs famous in his acceptance speech. “Black music has never been respected by the Grammys to the point that it should be … And that stops right now. I’m officially starting the clock. You’ve got 365 days to get this sh-t together. We need transparency, we need diversity.”