Entertainment mogul Clive Davis is to be honored by the NAACP. The music producer will be presented with the prestigious Vanguard Award at the 46th NAACP Image Awards this Friday night.
The 82 year old Jewish businessman was born and raised in Brooklyn. Davis has led many companies such as Columbia records and RCA. He has worked with talents like Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow and Christina Aguilera. Albums which he produced have won countless awards such as Grammys.
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The NAACP Vanguard Award is presented to a person whose groundbreaking work increases understanding and awareness of racial and social issues. Previous honorees include Wyclef Jean, Tyler Perry, Russell Simmons, Aretha Franklin, Stanley Kramer, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas.
“The NAACP is proud to honor Clive Davis this year’s Vanguard Award for his continued contributions of exceptional work to the music industry, ” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks. “His meticulous work ethic, extraordinary vision, and tireless dedication have built a prolific career that sets a remarkable example for so many who dream of following in his footsteps.”
The awards show will be broadcast live from the Pasadena Civic auditorium, Friday, Feb. 6 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET live/PT tape-delayed) on TV ONE.