Jay Z was honored to present “The Spirit Of Life” award to music mogul Jon Platt on (October 11th). The chairman/CEO of Warner/Chapell Music was called “The Barack Obama Of Music” because he became “the highest ranking black executive.in any global company”.
The award is City of Hope’s highest honor, presented each year to a
philanthropic leader whose work fundamentally impacted music, film or
Platt represented JAY-Z at his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a first for a rapper in history.
“As an African-American, I want to say that we’re more than just athletes and music artists. … We’re CEOs,” Jon said.
“This man is a CEO and Chairman,” said Jay-Z of Platt, who first signed him back in 1997.
“Most people in the music business lead with their ego. Jon leads with his heart.”
The wife of Jay Z and one of the biggest stars on the planet gave a special performance for the man of the honor. When Platt spoke he had nothing but good things to say about her husband.
“Puff said something which resonated with me: ‘Don’t be afraid to close your eyes and dream, then open your eyes to see it.’”