BET Networks' Debra L. Lee To Be Honored With Grammy Salute To Industry Icons Award
December 15, 2016 at 6:41 AM (PT)
BET NETWORKS Chairman/CEO DEBRA L. LEE will be the 2017 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons® honoree at the annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala presented by CLIVE DAVIS and THE RECORDING ACADEMY on FEBRUARY 11th at the BEVERLY HILTON.
"For this year's GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award, THE RECORDING ACADEMY is proud to honor the extraordinary DEBRA L. LEE, a groundbreaking figure whose innovative vision, commitment to entertainment, and philanthropic work have had a profound impact on the industry as well as our broader culture," said ACADEMY President/CEO NEIL PORTNOW. "DEBRA has elevated BET to the remarkable platform it is today, and we look forward to celebrating our first, and definitely not the last, female honoree as our industry continues to recognize the significant contributions of female leaders."
"I am thrilled that THE RECORDING ACADEMY is presenting BET NETWORKS Chairman and CEO DEBRA L. LEE with this year's GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award," said DAVIS. "DEBRA's many years of wonderful work and dedication to the network, as well as raising the profile of businesswomen in the African-American community, has been remarkable and she truly deserves this great honor."
"It is such a tremendous honor to receive this year's GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award. Music is a part of BET's DNA and it's always been my goal to touch people by educating, inspiring, providing opportunity, and affecting real change through the powerful medium of entertainment," said LEE. "I am proud and thrilled to be the first woman to join this dynamic group of industry trailblazers ."
Past recipients of the honor include HERB ALPERT and JERRY MOSS, IRVING AZOFF, MARTIN BANDIER, SIR RICHARD BRANSON, CLIVE DAVIS, AHMET ERTEGUN, DAVID GEFFEN, BERRY GORDY, LUCIAN GRAINGE, DOUG MORRIS, MO OSTIN, and ANTONIO "L.A." REID.