At 47, Brooklyn-born rapper JAY-Z has cemented himself as an icon in the realm of rap and business. As such, Hov will receive the Grammys’ Salute to Industry Icons Award at the 2018 Pre-Grammy Gala, according to Billboard.
Neil Portnow, president and 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.” Earlier this year, JAY-Z became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and is currently on tour.
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