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Celebration to feature 2011 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons honoring entertainment entrepreneur David Geffen

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Clive Davis and The Recording Academy will continue the tradition of the annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala on Feb. 12 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. This exclusive, star-studded celebration will feature special musical performances and will be attended by artists and industry VIPs in music, film and television.

As part of the evening’s celebration, the 2011 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons will honor Geffen Records founder and DreamWorks SKG co-founder David Geffen. The Recording Academy will present Geffen with the President’s Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and the impact his efforts have had on music and the business of music. Past recipients of the GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons President’s Merit Award include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, and Mo Ostin.

“It is a true pleasure to again partner with the legendary Clive Davis to present our Pre-GRAMMY Gala, a memorable evening of special musical moments and camaraderie,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.”This year, we are especially pleased and proud to honor David Geffen, a unique and pioneering entrepreneur in music, stage and film who has had a profound impact on our culture, on the entertainment industry, and whose notable philanthropy has positively affected the lives of so many through his charitable acts.”

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Geffen began his career in the mailroom at William Morris Agency, where he worked his way up as an agent for top talent. He launched his first record label, Asylum Records, in 1971, signing artists such as Jackson Browne, the Eagles and Joni Mitchell. In 1980 he formed Geffen Records, building a roster that included Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Elton John, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono. During this time he began Geffen Pictures, which would produce films such as Beetlejuice, Little Shop Of Horrors and Risky Business. After selling Geffen Records to MCA in 1990, Geffen remained chairman/CEO and inaugurated another label, DGC Records, which launched successful acts such as Beck, Counting Crows, Nirvana, and Sonic Youth.

In 1994 Geffen parlayed his creative vision into a bigger venture by co-founding DreamWorks SKG, the first new major motion picture studio to be formed in more than 50 years, with partners Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg. He helped shepherd the launch of DreamWorks Animation, which would create the successful Shrek films, among many others. He financed Broadway productions of “Cats” and “Dreamgirls.” The latter a project he would later make into a motion picture through DreamWorks. He brokered the sale of DreamWorks SKG and its catalog to Paramount Pictures in 2006. In 2009, along with Spielberg, he secured private funding to once again make DreamWorks a private company before retiring from the entertainment industry.

Passionate about many causes, Geffen is a philanthropist who has made many charitable donations to a diverse array of organizations. In 2002 he made a $200 million donation to the UCLA School of Medicine, as well as gifts to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Save the Children. As an industry leader in the fight against AIDS, he has contributed to AIDS Project Los Angeles, amfAR, Project Angel Food, and more. A prolific supporter of the arts, he is a lead benefactor of the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and has made generous donations to the Museum of Contemporary Art, National Public Radio and USC School of Cinema-Television, among others.

The Pre-GRAMMY Gala is part of the GRAMMY Week series of events, culminating with Music’s Biggest Night. The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 13 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

TheMojaMoja.com 3rd Annual Pre-Grammy Awards Brunch and Concert

Benefiting Oxfam America, hosted by Garth Trinidad

Saturday, February 12, 2011, Noon – 3PM

(doors open and brunch service begins at 11AM)

Featuring 2011 Grammy Award Nominees Ana Tijoux, Bilal, and Eric Roberson, along with Flying Lotus and Superhumanoids.

This event is an official fundraiser to support Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. When disaster strikes, Oxfam’s worldwide network of partners is already on the scene, providing emergency assistance in places like Haiti, Pakistan and our own Gulf Coast here in the US. Oxfam America became the official charity for the brunch in 2010 and theMojaMoja.com is proud to support them again in 2011 and for years to come with your support!  Learn more at http://www.oxfamamerica.org.

Special thanks to some of the brunch brand partners that you will experience:
– Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, providing mimosas
– Primo Beer, alcohol partner
– Tesla Motors, official automobile partner
– Ron Robinson | Fred Segal, talent swag bags
– Dirt LA, official apparel partner
– designRacy, design partner
– Horizon Display, multi-media partner
– Cush Salon and Cafe of Beverly Hills, salon partner
– Fusicology and LA.com, media partners

Jeff Beck, LeAnn Rimes, Seal, and BeBe Winans added to performance lineup for GRAMMY Week MusiCares Person of the Year tribute

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Current GRAMMY nominees Jeff Beck and LeAnn Rimes, and GRAMMY winners Seal and BeBe Winans are the latest performers announced for the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Barbra Streisand, to be held during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 11 in Los Angeles. They join previously announced performers Tony Bennett; singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth; GRAMMY-nominated “Glee” cast members Darren Criss, Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison; Herbie Hancock; Diana Krall; Barry Manilow; Donna Summer; Stevie Wonder; and singer Nikki Yanofsky. Streisand, an eight-time GRAMMY-winning artist and current nominee, will close the evening with her own special performance. Additional performers will be announced soon.

Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute, now in its 21st year, provide essential support for MusiCares.

The event, a private charity fundraiser, is attended by industry VIPs and others who help support the work of The Recording Academy-affiliated MusiCares Foundation, which offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance. The MusiCares MAP Fund provides access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community regardless of their financial circumstances, and MusiCares Safe Harbor Rooms offer a support network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows, such as the GRAMMY Awards, and other major music events.

The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT. For information on purchasing tables and tickets to the event, please contact Dana Tomarken at 310.392.3777 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              310.392.3777      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.