The annual Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala, presented in association with the Recording Academy, is among the most coveted invitations of Grammy week and, in fact, all year. And no wonder, past events have featured show-stopping performances by Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams and, as recently as the 2016 edition, the surviving members of Nirvana with Beck performing David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World."
More than a dozen acts typically take the stage, as they are certain to this year, although the lineup is kept top secret until the night of. But Billboard does have a preview of some of the guests who will be in attendance. They include: Taraji P. Henson, Michael Keaton, Quincy Jones, Metallica, Chance the Rapper, Maxwell, Britney Spears, Ryan Seacrest, Stevie Wonder, Jeremy Renner and Rita Ora as well as industry executives Sir Lucian Grainge (chairman, Universal Music Group), Doug Morris (Sony Music CEO), Len Blavatnik (owner, Warner Music Group), Steve Cooper (chairman, WMG), Apple CEO Tim Cook and svp of internet services and software Eddy Cue, former Warner Bros. head and industry legend Mo Ostin and CBS chief Les Moonves.
Debra Lee, BET Networks chairman and CEO, will be honored with the Grammy Salute To Industry Icons award, recognizing her significant contributions to the music business. Previous recipients include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Irving Azoff, Martin Bandier, Sir Richard Branson, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Lucian Grainge, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin and Antonio "L.A." Reid.
The festivities go down on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.