L.A. Reid

Musician and Executive
Born Jun 7, 1956

Antonio M. "L.A. " Reid is an American record executive, songwriter, and record producer. Best known as the co-founder of LaFace Records, he is responsible for helping bring Mariah Carey, Avril Lavigne, Pink, Justin Bieber, CeCe Frey, Rihanna, Kanye West, Toni Braxton, Kerli, TLC, Usher, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Ciara, OutKast, and Dido to multi-platinum album sales. He has won three Grammy Awards.… Read More

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1956 Birth Born on June 7, 1956.


1988 32 Years Old Reid would experience more mainstream success when he became a member of the 1980s R&B band The Deele, best known for their 1988 hit "Two Occasions", a song on their third album Eyes of a Stranger. … Read More
1989 33 Years Old After The Deele disbanded, Reid and band mate Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds founded LaFace in 1989 through a joint venture with Arista Records, with funding from Arista Records creator Clive Davis. … Read More


1996 40 Years Old Hitco Publishing Group With the belief that good songwriting is essential to the success of recording artists, Reid formed the Hitco Publishing Group in 1996, as a joint venture with Windswept Music. … Read More
2000 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2000, Edmonds and Reid sold their remaining 50% stake in LaFace to parent company BMG. … Read More
2004 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Under Reid's tenure at Arista, Usher (whom Reid originally signed at LaFace) completed production on his multi-platinum hit 2004 album Confessions, which went on to spawn 4 #1 hit singles and sell 10 million copies in the United States alone. … Read More
2005 49 Years Old Reid is noted for bringing Mariah Carey's career back to prominence with her multi-platinum 2005 album The Emancipation of Mimi after her career had stalled from 2001–2003 with less than stellar sales and general lack of public interest for her two previous projects Glitter and Charmbracelet.


Reid also played a role in the successes of artists such Kanye West, Rihanna, Bon Jovi, and teenage pop phenomenon Justin Bieber and was also responsible for the musical comeback of Jennifer Lopez with her 2011 album Love?
2012 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 2012, Reid returned for The X Factors second season along with Simon Cowell, while Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul were axed from the panel, along with Season 1 host Steve Jones. … Read More
2013 57 Years Old Reid was honored with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' President's Merit Award at the Grammy salute to Industry Icons celebration on February 9, 2013, the day prior to the 55th Grammy Awards. … Read More
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