The Recording Academy™ and Clive Davis honored Clarence Avant, music executive, entrepreneur, and film producer, with the coveted Salute to Industry Icons Award at 2019 Pre-GRAMMY® Gala. As one of the music industry’s more prestigious events, the evening played host to industry leaders, politicians, and GRAMMY® award winners and nominees with performances by Travis Scott, Keala Settle, Florida Georgia Line & Bebe Rexha, H.E.R, Brandi Carlile, Jazmine Sullivan, Rob Thomas, Ledisi, and Chloe x Halle.

Additional attendees included: Nancy Pelosi, Barbra Streisand, Angela Bassett, Dua Lipa, Joni Mitchell, Caitlyn Jenner, Ellie Goulding, Ciara, Russell Wilson, Pharrell Williams, Rita Ora, Charlie Puth, Rita Wilson, Lana Del Rey, Dionne Warwick, Julianne Hough, Diane Warren, Ted Sarandos, A$AP Rocky, Smokey Robinson, Ben Platt, Linda Perry, Miguel, Don Lemon, Quincy Jones, Pete Wentz, Kathy Griffin, Diplo, Darren Criss, LL Cool J, Tim Cook, Fred Armisen, and Robin Thicke.

Sponsored by Delta, Hilton, JBL By Harman, IBM, and Mastercard, the invitation-only Pre-GRAMMY Gala has long been one of the music industry’s most prestigious events, having hosted the industry’s top leaders and welcomed the world’s most talented artists to its stage. For the past decade, the gala has also included a presentation to honor industry luminaries through the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award. Past recipients include Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss, Irving Azoff, Martin Bandier, Sir Richard Branson, Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Lucian Grainge, Debra L. Lee, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin, and Antonio “L.A.” Reid.

GRAMMY Week culminates with the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. The telecast will be broadcasted live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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