Irving Azoff, wife awarded City of Hope honor

Live Nation exec chairman received award 27 years ago

Irving Azoff and his wife Shelli will be honored with the City of Hope's 2011 Spirit of Live Award next spring.

Azoff, executive chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and chairman and CEO of the Front Line Management Group, received the award 27 years ago. This marks the first time in the 37-year history of the honor that a couple will be lauded.

The date and location of the 2011 City of Hope bash will be announced later.

The Spirit of Life Award is City of Hope's most prestigious honor and recognizes individuals who have committed their time and resources to helping those in need. Proceeds benefit lifesaving research, treatment and education programs for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases at City of Hope.

Since its start in the early 1980s, the group has raised more than $89 million for City of Hope.

"They are a model of philanthropic commitment and an inspiration to everyone who seeks to make cancer a curable and ultimately preventable disease," said Gary Stiffelman, president of the City of Hope's Music and Entertainment Industry Group, said of the Azoffs.

Recent honorees include Tim Leiweke, last year's recipient, Doug Morris and Bob Cavallo.