The nonprofit devoted to funding biomedical research, education and treatment centers for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases held its annual Spirit of Life gala on Nov. 5.
The music industry’s commitment to City of Hope, the nonprofit devoted to funding biomedical research, education and treatment centers for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, has been unwavering for decades and the 2015 edition of its annual Spirit of Life gala was no exception.
Honoring Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge was a who’s who of music biz power players, including the heads of UMG labels Republic Records (Monte and Avery Lipman), Capitol Music Group (Steve Barnett), Interscope-Geffen-A&M (John Janick), Island Records (David Massey) and Def Jam (Steve Bartels) along with publishing arm Universal Music Publishing Group (Jody Gerson).
Among the artists who made appearances at the gala, held at the Santa Monica Civic and hosted by Nick Cannon, wereSelena Gomez, will.i.am, Smokey Robinson and Jon Bon Jovi, who sat front and center with new manager Irving Azoff. Sam Smith, who’s signed to CMG, was the surprise performer taking the stage for three songs including his hit “Stay With Me.”