People.com Entertainment Music JAY-Z to Receive 2018 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award By Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit is a Royals Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2016 after graduating from The College of New Jersey and holding previous positions at Seventeen, CBS Radio and more. Follow the proud dog mom on Twitter at @stephpetit_ for the latest on Queen Elizabeth's corgis. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 1, 2017 11:15 AM Share Tweet Pin Email The awards season is already off to a great start for JAY-Z. The 4:44 wordsmith will be recognized for his impact on the music industry at the 2018 Pre-GRAMMY Gala, where he’ll receive the 2018 GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons award. The event is set to take place at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on Jan. 27, the night before the 60th annual Grammy Awards. “JAY-Z is a quintessential icon and I couldn’t be happier and more excited to share the evening with him,” said Clive Davis, co-host of the Pre-GRAMMY Gala. “What a night this will be!” Gary Miller/Getty Images With the honor, JAY-Z joins the ranks of past winners including Berry Gordy, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Richard Branson, and Debra L. Lee. “We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to honor 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,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “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.” JAY-Z may be up for more awards when the GRAMMY nominations are announced on Nov. 28.