Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge Honored at Billboard Power 100 Party

Lucian Grainge - H 2015
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Lucian Grainge - H 2015

Music's top decision-makers were feted at the annual celebration, which took place in Beverly Hills on Thursday night.

Billboard's Power 100 fete literally stalled traffic Thursday evening on Beverly Hills' Canon Drive as honorees and invited guests made their way into Bouchon for the third annual celebration saluting the music industry's top decision-makers. Topping the Power 100 this year: Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge.

Once inside, the crowd traffic was just as snarled as guests and well-wishers wound their way through the venue, jockeying for space with wait staff bearing trays of hors d'oeuvres. As one passerby noted, "This is hot, hectic but fun."

Among the Power 100 honorees spotted in the teeming crowd: Azoff MSG Entertainment chairman/CEO Irving Azoff (No. 3); Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Martin Bandier (No. 4); Red  Light Management founder/owner Coran Capshaw (No. 6); Creative Artists Agency partner Rob Light (No. 9); Republic's president/COO Avery Lipman and chairman/CEO Monte Lipman (No. 15); Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO Steve Barnett (No. 16); Interscope Geffen A&M chairman/CEO John Janick (No. 24); Universal Music Publishing Group chairman/CEO Jody Gerson (No. 28); Greenberg Traurig global media and entertainment group chairman Joel Katz (No. 32); Warner/Chappell president, North America Jon Platt (No. 46); BET Networks' chairman/CEO Debra Lee and president of programming Stephen Hill (No. 84); Glassnote Entertainment Group president Daniel Glass (No. 87) and Columbia exec. VP/GM Joel Klaiman (No. 95).

Mingling with the crowd were artists Ziggy Marley and the Band Perry. Also in the mix was Howard Stern Show personality Baba Booey (a.k.a Gary Dell'Abate). He was overheard telling award-winning songwriter and ASCAP president Paul Williams how much he loves his work and also complimenting him on the 2011 documentary Paul Williams Still Alive. "You are welcome on the show anytime," adds Dell'Abate.

Janice Min, co-president/chief creative officer of the Entertainment Group of Guggenheim Media, owner of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, offered welcoming remarks before bringing Billboard editor-in-chief Tony Gervino to the podium to present the Power 100 award to UMG's Grainge.

After thanking Min, Gervino and Billboard for their hospitality, Grainge noted, "I started in this business as a talent scout. If you'd told me then that I would be nominated for this list twice, I'd have said you must be smoking something. My goal then was to make a living doing what I love: music. And that's still my goal today. How we monetize and distribute music is utterly different now. But the reality [still] is that artists entrust with their music and rights. I'd like to personal thank all of the people I work with globally; they make people like me look good. I'd like to thank them for their commitment and energy and share this award with my colleagues. And thank you and congrats to all the people on this list who care about music."

Guggenheim Media co-president John Amato next brought Recording Academy president/CEO and Power 100 honoree Neil Portnow to the stage. He introduced the evening's musical performers, Bonavox. The five-member band, winner of the 2014 Grammy U "Amplifier Center Stage" competition, were also joined by singer/songwriter Allen Stone, whom Bonavox supported last year on several dates.

The Billboard Power 100 was sponsored by American Airlines and Citi.

This story first appeared on Billboard.com.