(L-R): Clear Channel's John Sykes, VH1 EVP Rick Krim, Universal Republic/Island Def Jam's Barry Weiss, MTV EVP Amy Doyle, and Glassnote founder Daniel Glass. (Photo: Michael Priest)
The music business has more than its share of industry-heavyweight-packed rooms, and the annual UJA Federation of New York luncheon, held this year at the Pierre Hotel across from Central Park, is one of the most packed -- let's just say that an impressive percentage of Billboard's Power 100, along with a couple hundred others were all in the house to fete this year's honorees, VH1 EVP Rick Krim and MTV EVP Amy Doyle.
As always, there were plenty of luminaries honoring the inductees, and this year's included Pink (who made a surprise appearance to pay tribute to Doyle), Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas (who delivered a stellar acoustic performance of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" for Krim), Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Glover acting as MC, and performances from Rebecca Ferguson and Walk the Moon.
(L-R): Rob Thomas -- who cover Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" -- with Rick Krim, Amy Doyle, and Kiefer Sutherland. (Photo: Michael Priest)
Past honorees have included Clive Davis, Russell Simmons, L.A. Reid, Jody Gerson, Jon Platt, Julie Greenwald, Craig Kallman, Barry Weiss, Kevin Liles, and Edgar Bronfman Jr.
The huge number of industry notables in attendance would almost make it easier to list who wasn't there, so rather than doing one big cattle-call list, we'll drop a few lists in between paragraphs (with apologies to anyone we missed, it was very crowded!).
(L-R): Sony/ATV co-president Jody Gerson, RIck Krim, and Sony/ATV chairman/CEO Martin Bandier. (Photo: Michael Priest)
[ Sony/ATV chairman/CEO Martin Bandier and co-president Jody Gerson, Universal Republic & Island Def Jam chairman/CEO Barry Weiss, Universal Republic president/CEO Monte Lipman, Atlantic Records Group co-chairmen Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman, Island Def Jam president/COO Steve Bartels, Columbia Records chairman/CEO Rob Stringer, Mercury Nashville president David Massey, Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises president John Sykes …]
Universal Republic/Island Def Jam chairman/CEO Barry Weiss. (Photo: Michael Priest)
Donald Glover opened the event with some remarks (calling it "Challah-palooza," among other punning names) and then introduced Glassnote founder Daniel Glass, who gave a speech about the organization's work in communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community -- read more here -- and its accomplishments (the event raised $850,000 this year) and the day's honorees.
From his table on the floor, Kiefer Sutherland delivered a speech honoring Krim, which he jokingly called "the earliest and healthiest toast I've ever made." He recounted a story about his efforts in the music business during the '90s, during which he and singer/songwriter Jude Cole built a studio and launched a record label (both called Ironworks) around the group Rocco DeLuca and the Burden. The album, recorded at their studio, had been rejected by every label they approached, so Krim encouraged them to put it out themselves and helped them "in every way, without asking for anything in return." And "while I am gratefully no longer in the music business," he laughed, "the friendship has remained."
Kiefer Sutherland gives a toast from the crowd. (Photo: Michael Priest)
Next up was a borderline roast from former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath, "otherwise known as [Mob Housewives'] Big Ang," she joked. She called Krim the "living embodiment of a music man," talked about his early days at the channel as an accountant -- with jokes about his artistry with expense reports -- before then-MTV exec John Sykes moved him to the music department; about his joining Sykes at EMI Music Publishing in the '90s and his return to the fold, following Sykes to VH1 in 2001. A hilarious "tribute" video followed that began with Lava head Jason Flom launching forth with superlatives before saying "And that's why Rick Rubin -- What? This is about Rick Krim? F--- this, I'm outta here!" The video went into joking and serious tributes from Katy Perry, Dave Grohl, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Grace Potter, Irving Azoff, Kip Winger, Matt Nathanson, Randy Jackson, Linda Perry, Good Charlotte, Maroon 5, Cameron Crowe, MTV vets Sykes, Tom Freston, Les Garland, Tom Calderone and others. The video ended with all of them standing and applauding.
Atlantic Records Group co-chairmen Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman. (Photo: Michael Priest)
[ Def Jam president Joie Manda, Kobalt founder Willard Adritz (who told us the company has a couple of big announcements in the coming weeks), Sire's Michael Goldstone, Downtown Music's Josh Deutsch, S-Curve's Steve Greenberg, EMI's Dominic Pandiscia and Greg Thompson, RCA's Joe Riccitelli, Sony/ATV's Jimmy Asci, VH1's Sandy Alouete, Cornerstone's Jon Cohen, Rob Stone and John Staub …]
Pink with Amy Doyle. (Photo: Michael Priest)
Krim took the stage saying, "I don't know if I love you or hate you for that video!" before launching into a series of shout-outs to his family, colleagues at MTV/VH1 and EMI, and many of the people present, concluding with his wife: "I know it's difficult raising four kids instead of a husband and three kids!"
Before Thomas performed -- opening by saying, "I was really disappointed when I found out that this wasn't for the United Jedi Alliance" -- he recalled meeting Krim and then-EMI Publishing exec Evan Lamberg when he signed with the company, and recalled Krim taking him to his first Springsteen concert.
Rick Krim poses with Judy McGrath. (Photo: Michael Priest)
[ Sony Music's Jacqueline Saturn, Warner Music's Laurie Feldman, Roadrunner's Jonas Nachsin, Lava's Jason Flom, A2IM's Rich Bengloff, Vector Management's Jack Rovner, Atlantic Records' Sheila Richman, MTV's Kurt Patat and Lisa Lauricella, Red Bull Records' Joe Guzik, Fenway's Mark Kates, Death or Glory's Dave Gottlieb, MTV's Joanna Bomberg, attorneys Rosemary Carroll and Elliott Groffman, Joe Serling …]
(L-R): Former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath, MTV Networks chief Van Toffler, Rick Krim, Donald Glover, Amy Doyle, and Glassnote founder Daniel Glass. (Photo: Michael Priest)
MTV Networks chief Van Toffler lovingly introduced Doyle with a series of embarrassing stories about drunken gaffes with unnamed artists before introducing a tribute video featuring Katy Perry ("Amy I'm confused, you're not even Jewish?"), Kanye West, Trey Songz, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, Wiz Khalifa, singer Rita Ora, the Wanted, fun., Bartels, MTV's Stephen Friedman, managers Scooter Braun and Bob McLynn, Def Jam's Gabrielle Peluso, longtime VMA executive producer Jesse Ignatjovich and clips of various Doyle-engineered VMA highlights, before concluding with 30 Seconds to Mars' Jared Leto getting a concert crowd of at least several hundred people to chant "Thank You Amy, thank you MTV!"
Pink gives a speech honoring Amy Doyle. (Photo: Michael Priest)
Pink then paid a brief but touching tribute to Doyle, saying that "she has your back inspades … she fights for you, and her passion fuels you. I'm here to raise a glass [chuckle] to her: Amy Doyle!"
Doyle said, "When I saw all of these friends and family seated in circles, for a split second I actually thought this was a fancy intervention. Then I saw Pink…"
John Sykes and Capitol chairman Rob Stringer. (Photo: Michael Priest)
She thanked the artists, colleagues, family, and others, noting that "I married a Jewish man in April … and today I'm being honored by the UJA. Coincidence?" And after some more thanks, the afternoon concluded -- here's to next year!
(L-R): Lava founder Jason Flom, Rick Krim, and John Sykes. (Photo: Michael Priest)