Swizz Beatz to accept 2017 Clio Music Honorary award at 2017 Clio Awards

Swizz Beatz

By Jack Barnes

The Clio Awardsthe esteemed international advertising, design and communications competition, today announced 2017 Gold, Silver and Bronze winners across the Clio Awards, Clio Fashion & Beauty, and Clio Music. The full list of winners can be viewed online at Clios.com. This year’s honorees will celebrate their achievements at the 58th annual Clio Awards set for September 27 at The Tent at Lincoln Center in New York City. Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live” cast member, will host the evening.

Grand Clio Award winners will be announced live during the ceremony, which brings together leading creatives, marketers, agency heads and high-level executives across advertising, media, music, fashion and beauty to celebrate the year’s most creative work. Clio winners span the globe, with entries from Canada, Spain, China, Thailand and more.

“This year, we have an exceptionally eclectic group of honorees,” said Clio President Nicole Purcell. “We look forward to gathering the creative industry’s top minds for an evening of celebration and networking, all hosted by the supremely talented Cecily Strong.”

Also announced today was Clio Music Honorary award recipient Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz), an internationally acclaimed Grammy-Award winning music producer and global entrepreneur.

While still in high school, Dean began deejaying and working at Ruff Ryder Records, started by his two uncles, Darrin “Dee” Dean and Joaquin “Waah” Dean, and his aunt, Chivon Dean. Within a short time, Dean produced the company’s first hit, by DMX. More success followed—as a producer and artist. At 23, Dean founded his own record label, Full Surface Records, with Clive Davis and earned a Grammy Award at the age of 33. As a producer, Dean has worked with a diverse range of artists and some of the biggest names in the world including Jay-Z, Madonna, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Metallica, contributing to the sale over 350 million records sold worldwide.

Clio Music, sponsored for the third year by Citi, once again partnered with Billboard and Shazam to measure the power of commercial synchs on breakthrough, collaborative and classic songs. This year, Marian Hill tops the Breakthrough chart and will perform live at the ceremony. Iron & Wine, ranked on the Collaborative Debut chart, is also set to perform during the Clio Music portion of the evening.

“We are proud to continue our support of Clio Music and this exceptional evening that celebrates the top minds in the creative industry and the tremendous emotive power of music in advertising,” says Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, Citi.

As previously announced, Grace Coddington, Vogue America’s creative director-at-large, will receive the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for Clio Fashion & Beauty, which honors creative excellence in the business of style. Elle Fanning will present Coddington with her award at the ceremony.

David Lubars, chief creative officer of BBDO Worldwide and chairman of BBDO North America, will accept the 2017 Clio Lifetime Achievement Award from Greg Hahn, chief creative officer of BBDO New York.

Additionally, Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind “Sesame Street”, will receive the first-ever Clio Global Impact Award, which honors an individual or organization who has produced groundbreaking work addressing the world’s most important social and humanitarian issues. Sherrie Westin, executive vice president for Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop, will accept the award on behalf of the organization from Keith Reinhard, a former Clio Lifetime Achievement recipient and Sesame Workshop board member.

Tickets for the 2017 Clio Awards are available on Clios.com.

About The Clio Awards

The Clio Awards, the esteemed international awards competition for the creative business, was founded in 1959 to celebrate high achievement in advertising. Clio surfaces work from around the world to identify creativity that not only moves consumers and makes icons of brands, but also shapes a global industry. Clio honors the talent, agencies and brands behind the world’s most innovative work annually at the Clio Awards in September, which includes Clio Fashion & Beauty and Clio Music; at Clio Sports held in May; at the Clio Key Art Awards in November; and online with Clio Health. Noting the vast, diverse and ever-changing creative landscape, Clio re-launched its content platform, clios.com, with Ads of the World, to celebrate creativity 365 days a year.

About Citi® Private Pass®

Citi offers credit and debit cardmembers access to tickets to thousands of live events annually through Citi Private Pass, the bank’s entertainment access program. Last year alone, Citi offered cardmembers access to more than 6,500 events ranging from preferred tickets and early access to concert tickets, to curated special events and VIP experiences with artists such as Guns N’ Roses, Coldplay, Metallica and more.

Also, last year, Citi launched a new live virtual reality concert series with Live Nation and NextVR that takes fans “front row” and “backstage” with some of the world’s biggest artists.

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