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Sir Lucian Grainge to Receive Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction

Lucian Grange
Joe Pugliese

Lucian Grange

The Songwriters Hall of Fame will honor Universal Music Group Chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge with the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at the induction ceremony to be held on June 14 at the Marriott Marqius Hotel in New York City. Previous recipients include Garth Brooks, Clive Davis, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston, Tom Jones and Diana Ross.

Early in his career, Grainge worked as a talent scout and found success with The Psychedelic FursEurythmics and the Pet Shop Boys. He has since worked with and signed such renowned artists as ABBA, Elton John, Migos, Queen, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, Sam Smith, U2, The Weeknd and Amy Winehouse, among others. 

Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame president and CEO, said, “Throughout his rise to the top of the music industry, from ‘song plugger’ to a mega power player and star maker, Sir Lucian, has always recognized that it all truly begins with a song and has never ceased championing songwriters.”

Grainge has continually made his mark on the industry throughout his career, topping Billboard's Power 100 list as the most powerful executive in the music business multiple. Under his leadership, UMG became the first music company to get nine of the top 10 songs on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart and all 10 of the top 10 spots on the Hot 100

"While, today, Sir Lucian runs the world’s leading music company, he began his career nearly 40 years ago as a ‘song plugger’ for April Blackwood Music" said Songwriters Hall of Fame Co-Chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. "His career in music publishing continued over the years, including launching Polygram Music Publishing U.K. and building it into one of the biggest publishers. He epitomizes what the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award represents."

In addition to receiving an honorary doctor of music degree from Berklee College of Music in 2016, Grainge has received the Spirit of Life Award from City of Hope in 2015 and the President’s Merit Award from The Recording Academy in 2014, and was bestowed with a knighthood in 2016 by Queen Elizabeth II. 

Other inductees at the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony include Bill Anderson; Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown and James “JT” Taylor, previously Kool & The GangSteve DorffJermaine DupriAlan JacksonJohn Mellencamp and Allee Willis. 


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