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Recording Academy To Honor Def Jam Co-Founder And Legendary Producer Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin Image via The Recording Academy
  – Rick Rubin Image via The Recording Academy

The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing will celebrate its ninth annual GRAMMY Week event by honoring eight-time GRAMMY winner Rick Rubin for his commitment to creative and sonic excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. The event will be held on Feb. 11, 2016, at The Village studios in West Los Angeles.

Rubin joins the past list of Producers & Engineers Wing honorees that includes Chris Blackwell, T Bone Burnett, Tom Dowd, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Jimmy Iovine, Quincy Jones, Arif Mardin, Nile Rodgers, Al Schmitt, Jerry Wexler, and Neil Young.

“Rick Rubin has said he has one rule regarding his recording process, ‘The only rule is that it’s not done until it’s great,'” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “His contributions to music and to the artists he’s worked with prove that Rick is beyond simply great. He is remarkable. We look forward to celebrating this musical icon and his pioneering career, which continues to inspire and climb to new heights.”

Rubin’s GRAMMY history includes two wins for Producer Of The Year for 2006 and 2008. His other wins are two for Album Of The Year (Adele21; Dixie ChicksTaking The Long Way), two for Best Country Album (Taking The Long Way; Johnny Cash, Unchained), Record Of The Year (Dixie Chicks, “Not Ready To Make Nice”), and Best Rock Album (Red Hot Chili PeppersStadium Arcadium). Producing critically acclaimed and multiplatinum albums in a wide array of genres, including country, hip-hop, metal, pop, rock, and soul, additional artists Rubin has worked with include the Beastie Boys, Black Sabbath, Neil Diamond, EminemJay Z, Kid Rock, LL Cool JMetallicaTom Petty, Public Enemy, Damien Rice, Ed Sheeran, Slayer, Justin TimberlakeKanye West, and ZZ Top.

One of the highlights of GRAMMY Week, the Producers & Engineers Wing event gathers passionate behind-the-scenes music makers in celebration of their efforts and advancements in the pursuit of sound perfection. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, airing live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.