THE RENOWNED PRE-GRAMMY® GALA HOSTED BY THE RECORDING ACADEMY® AND CLIVE DAVIS RETURNS ON SAT, FEB. 4, 2023
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (DEC. 8, 2022) — Recognized for their dynamic leadership and revolutionary creativity, Atlantic Music Group Chairman and CEO Julie Greenwald and Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman, are the 2023 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons® honorees. The Recording Academy® and Clive Davis will celebrate Greenwald and Kallman’s accomplishments at the Pre-GRAMMY® Gala on Sat, Feb. 4, 2023. The illustrious event preceding the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards® is returning for the first time since 2020.
“Respected across the music community, Julie and Craig have fostered the careers of an incredible range of talent,” said Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. “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,” said Davis. “What a special night it will be spotlighting them and their incredible music and artists! They both fully deserve an unforgettable evening.”
In 2023, Atlantic Records will celebrate its 75th anniversary, and Greenwald and Kallman can look back on two decades of industry-leading accomplishments. The duo has presided over a new golden age in the history of one of the world’s most iconic labels. Under their watch, Atlantic Records has regularly ranked as the top company in the industry. The combination of Greenwald’s artist-focused marketing and culture-building savvy with Kallman’s deep musical knowledge and A&R and producing expertise has driven Atlantic to success after success.
The recently formed Atlantic Music Group, which includes the Atlantic and 300 Elektra label families, garnered nearly 40 GRAMMY® nominations this year. This achievement exemplifies the company’s genre-defiant focus on long-term artist development. Today, the Atlantic roster boasts superstars such as Bruno Mars, Burna Boy, Cardi B, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay, Jack Harlow, Lil Uzi Vert, Lizzo, Janelle Monáe, Paramore, Charlie Puth, Roddy Ricch, Ed Sheeran, and dozens more. Atlantic has also taken a leading position in both the Broadway cast recording and soundtrack arenas, including such chart-topping successes as the GRAMMY-winning Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansenand The Greatest Showman, as well as the Fast & Furious film franchise.
Greenwald and Kallman first joined forces in 2004, when Julie moved to Atlantic from her leadership post at Island Def Jam. The duo rearchitected the company from the ground up, reaching industry-beating status through the reinvention of the label as a game-changing, music-driven company with a passionate devotion to artist incubation and evolution. An innovator embracing new technology, Atlantic became the first label to earn more than half of its total music sales from digital releases. In the early years of their collaboration, the duo advanced the careers of numerous top-selling artists, including James Blunt, Death Cab for Cutie, Flo Rida, Gnarls Barkley, Kid Rock, Lupe Fiasco, Jason Mraz, Sean Paul, Shinedown, Staind, Rob Thomas, T.I., Trey Songz, Zac Brown Band, and many others.
In 2010, just six years into their joint tenure, Rolling Stone enthused that Greenwald and Kallman had “retooled Atlantic as a model for how a major label can thrive in the 21st century… betting that long-term artist development will pay off.” Since then, Atlantic has become a nurturing ground for some of the industry’s most original and game-changing artists, many of whom have been built from the ground up by the company’s system of expert A&R, marketing swat teams and custom-targeted strategies.
Greenwald and Kallman join a prominent list of previous Pre-GRAMMY Gala honorees, including Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss, Clarence Avant, Irving Azoff, Martin Bandier, Sir Richard Branson, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Sir Lucian Grainge, Debra L. Lee, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, and Rob Stringer.
For the past decade, the invitation-only Pre-GRAMMY Gala has included a presentation to honor industry luminaries through the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons award. Sponsored by Hilton, IBM, JBL, and Mastercard, the night has become one of the music industry’s most distinguished events as it convenes music’s most innovative and influential creators and professionals.