Clive Davis Gets Hasty Pudding's Order Of The Golden Sphinx Honors
April 15, 2015 at 6:31 AM (PT)
Legendary music man (and HARVARD LAW SCHOOL album) CLIVE DAVIS was awarded the ORDER OF THE GOLDEN SPHINX last night at a gala dinner held at the PLAZA HOTEL in NEW YORK CITY by the HASTY PUDDING INSTITUTE OF 1770 MONDAY night. It's the highest honor bestowed by the INSTITUTE, which recognizes individuals in the entertainment industry for their extraordinary contributions to the performing arts.
The evening included a number of lively and memorable performances, including the now traditional opening number "Your Lucky Night," performed by CBS's MO ROCCA with current and past cast members of the HASTY PUDDING THEATRICALS and HARVARD KROKODILOES.
The evening concluded with a special tribute song, "CLIVE DAVIS'' State Of Mind," a mash up of BARRY MANILOW's "Mandy" with JAY Z and ALICIA KEYS' "Empire State of Mind" with new original lyrics hailing a "Music genius that dreams are made of."
Upon being presented with the honor, DAVIS gave a gracious and heartfelt thank-you speech and treated the audience with a wonderful surprise performance of "A Song For You" by his latest discovery, 19-year-old AVERY WILSON.
This year the PUDDING doubled its philanthropic giving, expanding its grants to BAM's Arts + Justice program, the ARTHUR MILLER FOUNDATION and INSTITUTE OF PLAY, THE WEST END HOUSE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, and renewing its fellowships with THE BLACK LIST and the AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATRE. The INSTITUTE also announced new grants and partnerships with GHETTO FILM SCHOOL and the COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY.
Attendees to the event included CLIVE DAVIS' family, COURTNEY B. VANCE, VICTOR GARBER, Dr. MEHMET OZ, DENISE RICH, ANN and ANDREW TISCH and ARNOLD STIEFEL, among others.