L.A. Reid Chats With The Grammys

Epic Records Chairman/CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid will receive the President's Award at the 2013 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons during the Pre-GRAMMY Gala on Feb. 9th, the night prior to the 55th GRAMMY Awards. The Recording Academy will present Reid with the honor in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and the impact his efforts have had on music and the business of music. Past recipients include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Sir Richard Branson, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, and Mo Ostin.

The GRAMMYs caught up with L.A. Reid to discuss his upbringing, being among a distinguished list of notable honorees, his musical influences, being bullish on the industry and more. Check out an excerpt from the interview below:

What does it mean to you to be included in this distinguished list of former honorees?

"It is humbling, to say the least. Each and every one of them I have studied, admire and respect. Some of them I know and love, particularly Doug Morris, Berry Gordy and Clive Davis. I don' think I'm those guys. I do believe I have a shot. I have not accomplished the cultural landscape change of Berry with Motown Records or how Ahmet came to this country and started signing jazz and blues artists that became Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway and John Coltrane into the British Invasion. I don't claim to have done what those people have, but I'm proud to be a part of that list. I don't completely believe my career stands as tall as theirs to this point."

Read L.A. Reid's interview with The GRAMMYs in its entirety here.