The 2018 Grammy Awards go down tonight (Jan. 28), but there have already been plenty of pre-Grammy shindigs taking place in New York City. Clive Davis and the Recording Academy’s pre-Grammy gala popped off last night (Jan. 27), and featured JAY-Z being honored as an industry icon, and a tribute performance for the rapper by Alicia Keys.
Jay was a Salute to Industry Icons honoree and received the President’s Merit Award, with wife Beyoncé in attendance. “We can pretend that we don’t care, but we really care, ’cause we seen the most incredible artists stand on those stage and we aspire to be that,” Jigga said wile accepting his award. “So I was like, I have to be here. That is the idea for us to all get involved and push this thing further. For the people that come before us, it’s our duty. It’s our duty to make sure that not only are we making the greatest art that we upholding, and supporting the things that’s super real. I’m super humble, and I’m super appreciative of the Academy and everybody here tonight”