The three-time GRAMMY winner and music hip-hop mogul will be honored at the exclusive GRAMMY Week event hosted by the Recording Academy and Clive Davis
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has been named 2020 GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons honoree. Recognized for his 25-year trailblazing career and continuous influence on the music industry and beyond, the three-time GRAMMY winner and multi-hyphenate’s musical accomplishments will be celebrated at the annual Recording Academy and Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Gala on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, the night before the 62nd GRAMMY Awards.
“For nearly three decades, Diddy has fused his boundless creativity and sharp entrepreneurial spirit to create timeless art and build brands and institutions that have shifted our global music culture,” said Deborah Dugan, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “By bringing the music and lifestyle of East Coast hip-hop to the masses, he was an early reminder of music’s unifying ability to flip our perceptions and broaden our connections to all corners of the world. Over the years, Diddy has persistently empowered other music creators and we’re honored to celebrate his culture-shaping impact at this year’s Pre-GRAMMY Gala.”
Combs started his career as an intern at Uptown Records, which began his journey to creating his own label, Bad Boy Records. He has fostered talent that includes Mariah Carey, Method Man, Boyz II Men, Lil’ Kim and more. His musical legacy lives far beyond the studio, stage or streams. As an established actor and executive producer in film, television and on Broadway, his cultural influence expands to his digital cable network REVOLT and its experiential development initiatives, including the REVOLT Summit. Combs continues to apply the same drive and entrepreneurial spirit to his philanthropic work and political activism with Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School, helping fulfill his lifelong commitment to supporting education and empowering future leaders.
“It’s personally so gratifying that Sean “Puffy” Combs is this year’s icon. He fully deserves this wonderful recognition,” said Davis, co-host of the Pre-GRAMMY Gala. “From his past innovative and creative contributions right from the very inception of the hip hop revolution, to his many memorable appearances at the Pre Grammy Gala as both speaker and performer, it’s all come full circle. I couldn’t be happier for Sean as a dear friend and colleague.”