Lucian Grainge CBE, chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Music Group, will receive the 2015 Creative Fusion Award at the BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards.
The BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards were created by UK Trade & Investment and BritWeek (including BritWeek founders Bob Peirce and Nigel Lythgoe) to celebrate the unique and pivotal business relationship between the UK and California. The winning companies are recognised for their innovations in design, technology, services or social impact.
The Creative Fusion Award recognises an individual who exemplifies the special creative relationship between the UK and California, and whose creative talents and business acumen have had notable impact. Previous recipients include Simon Cowell and Paul Oakenfold.
Said Grainge: “I am honoured to except the 2015 Creative Fusion Award. Anglo-American partnerships are responsible for some of the most influential and successful music and other forms of creative expression the world has ever known. I am delighted organisations like BritWeek and UK Trade & Investment champion that unique bond between the UK and US.”
Grainge has more than 30 years in the music industry, having helped build the careers of artists including Amy Winehouse, Eurythmics, Sting and Andrea Bocelli. In recent years he led Universal Music Group’s acquisition and revival of EMI and Capitol Records.
In 2010, the exec was awarded a CBE in recognition of his contributions to the creative industries and in 2012 he was appointed a UK Business Ambassador by David Cameron. This year, Grainge topped Billboard’s 2015 Power 100 list of the most influential people in music, becoming the only person to ever rank No.1 twice.
He will be presented with The Creative Fusion Award at the BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards Dinner at The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills on April 23