Record producer, Tommy LiPuma has passed away at the age of 80. LiPuma received 33 GRAMMY nominations and five wins throughout his career.
He led Verve Music Group as chairman from 1998 to 2004 and his work resulted in 75 million albums sold.
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy said in a statement:
LiPuma was an industry giant whose name became synonymous with sophisticated pop and jazz. His productions resulted in a Record Of The Year GRAMMY with George Benson for “This Masquerade,” an Album Of The Year trophy for Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable With Love, as well as GRAMMYs with Diana Krall and Paul McCartney. He also established or had significant leadership roles at labels such as Blue Thumb, A&M, Warner Bros., GRP, and Verve. Our deepest condolences go out to Tommy's family, friends, and creative counterparts.