If any couple is capable of raising over 6 million dollars for a good cause, it’s Jay Z and Beyonce. Having completed their On the Run II tour just over a week prior to the event, the couple quickly shifted forces to something they’ve been known to value at large in the past, charity.
This past Thursday night, music’s billion-dollar couple combined forces to perform at City of Hope’s Charity Gala in support of their longtime friend, Warner/Chappell Publishing CEO and Chairman Jon Platt. The couple presented Platt with the “Spirit of Life” award, where Jay Z referred to Platt as “the Obama of the music industry,” leading a growing wave of activism and social consciousness in music. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than my brother, Jon Platt,” Jay Z said as he presented the award to the event’s star-studded audience. “He’s known as ‘Big Jon’ and he has a beautiful soul.”
City of Hope is a treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases as the Music, Film, and Entertainment Industry Group has raised more than $118 million in 45 years. The award is the group’s highest honor recognizing those that have helped further music, film, and entertainment. Previous Spirit of Life award recipients include Quincy Jones, Clive Davis, Irving Azoff and Mo Ostin.
Platt made sure to note the lasting impact that the attendance and performances of his longtime friends made on the event and, on a larger note, for the cause. “I left my last thank you to Beyonce. I’m so lucky to work with someone that inspires me the way she does. I’m so lucky to work with someone that every time I walk away from her I say to myself, “I gotta work harder,'” he said. “On her recent tour with Jay that just concluded, as I watched audience after audience lose their mind, my thought went to her journey. And I was reminded that even when you’re the biggest talent in the world it still comes down to hard work. You see, she leads by example.”
Source: Noa Kimia