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LA Reid is one of the judges on FOX's talent competition series "The X Factor."

Antonio "L.A." Reid is the former Chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group. While nurturing the careers of Island Def Jam's core artist roster and bringing an array of new artists to the forefront, he has aggressively guided the company into a future where the synergy of artists, music, video, new technologies, new business models, and a host of unforeseen marketing and promotion innovations are all being developed.

LA Reid in "The X Factor"
LA Reid The X Factor
consummate music business professional, Reid's allegiance to his artists is second to none, and he has achieved his goals in grand style. Among the many successes of his years at the head of IDJMG are the following albums: Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" (10X platinum worldwide, the biggest-selling album of 2005, and winner of three Grammy Awards); the platinum "E=MC2" which produced the #1 single "Touch My Body" breaking Carey's tie with Elvis Presley for the most #1s in America, Kanye West's "Late Registration" (triple-platinum winner of three Grammy Awards) and its two follow-ups "Graduation" (triple-platinum winner of three Grammy Awards) and platinum "808's & Heartbreak"; Bon Jovi's "Have a Nice Day" (triple-platinum worldwide) and its double-platinum follow-up "Lost Highway"; Rihanna's succession of worldwide multi-platinum best-sellers "Music of the Sun," "A Girl Like Me," "Good Girl Gone Bad" and "Rated R"; Ne-Yo's Grammy-winning platinum debut album "In My Own Words" and its two follow-ups, the Grammy-winning platinum albums "Because of You," and "Year of the Gentleman"; and Young Jeezy's multi-platinum debut "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101," and its two follow-ups both of which debuted at #1, "The Inspiration" and "The Recession."

Reid oversaw the successful releases of the Killers' 2004 triple-platinum debut "Hot Fuss," followed by "Sam's Town," "Sawdust and Day & Age"; Fall Out Boy's 3 million worldwide-selling 2005 debut "From Under the Cork Tree, and multi-platinum follow-ups "Infinity on High" and "Folie a Deux"; Oscar-winner Melissa Etheridge's "The Awakening" (and her first holiday album, "A New Thought for Christmas"); Nas's controversial "Hop Is DeadHip"—and 2008 untitled album (both of which debuted at #1); hip-hop superstar and actor Ludacris's double-platinum "The Red Light District" and its follow-ups "Release Therapy," "Theater of the Mind" and "Battle of the Sexes," which debuted at #1; Rick Ross's 2006 major label debut "Port of Miami" and its follow-up "Trilla" (both of which debuted at #1); Duffy with her critically-acclaimed "Rockferry" album on the newly-relaunched Mercury Records label, and the introduction of Justin Bieber with his platinum debut album, "My World" and its #1 follow-up, "My World 2.0."

The rejuvenation of Def Jam Recordings and its affiliate labels under Reid's watchful tutelage has set the model for hip-hop's premiere destination as it enters its third decade. Reid has been the instrumental force in the restructuring of the music group that now includes Def Jam, Disturbing Tha Peace, and Slip 'N Slide. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, The Dream, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Chrisette Michele and Def Jam's expanding roster define the state-of-the-art in hip-hop and R&B today.

At the same time, the broad success of the Mariah Carey, the Killers, Fall Out Boy, Bon Jovi, Lionel Richie, Melissa Etheridge and Duffy have reconfigured a new spirit at Island and Mercury Records.

But as everyone in the entertainment industry is aware, Antonio "L.A." Reid is no stranger to challenge. As the co-founder (with Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds) of LaFace Records in 1989, he guided its ascent for more than a decade. In addition to his executive abilities, Reid is an accomplished drummer, songwriter and producer who acknowledge a diverse range of musical influences: Miles Davis, Sly Stone, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and James Brown, among them. Reid and Babyface came to prominence in Reid's hometown Cincinnati group the Deele, whose string of three LPs and nearly a dozen chart singles (spanning 1983-88) helped establish the Solar label. On their own, the team of "L.A." Reid and Babyface expanded their scope as collaborative songwriters and producers for many chart-topping acts, including the Whispers, Bobby Brown, Karyn White, Pebbles, After 7, Paula Abdul, and of course, reigning R&B/pop diva Whitney Houston on her "I'm Your Baby Tonight" album of 1990.

The duo earned #1 singles, numerous Producer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year Awards, and three Grammy awards. "L.A." and Babyface ultimately decided to establish their own record company in order to maintain creative continuity with the acts they produced. Founded in Atlanta, LaFace Records pacted with Arista Records in 1989. The 50/50 joint venture was the first of its kind for an R&B/pop production duo and provided the template for virtually every similar arrangement to come within the industry. Later on, L.A. Reid would play a pivotal role in attracting other R&B/pop producers to establish their own successful ventures, notably New York-based hip-hop impresario Sean "P-Diddy" Combs, whose Bad Boy Records co-venture deal with Arista started in 1994; and Atlanta-based Dallas Austin, who established Rowdy Records in 1993.

When Reid took over as Arista's president and Chief Executive Officer in July 2000, he not only had the careers of all the LaFace artists to guide forward—among them Toni Braxton, OutKast, TLC, and Usher—but was also responsible for Arista's core roster of world-class superstars, including Dido, Santana, Sarah McLachlan, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Kenny G. After signing legendary hitmakers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and their Los Angeles-based Flyte Tyme Records to Arista, joint ventures followed with Jermaine Dupri's So So Def and the Neptunes Star Trak label. Reid flourished at the head of Arista, breaking a string of new young artists including Pink, Avril Lavigne, Bone Crusher, Ciara, Anthony Hamilton, J-Kwon, Youngbloodz, Kelis and others.

Reid's personal success at Arista included Pink's "Can't Take Me Home" (2000) and "Missunda-ztood" (2001); Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" (2002) and "Under My Skin" (2003); OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (2003); and Usher's "Confessions," the biggest-selling album of 2004. All these albums (and many others) were executive produced by Antonio "L.A." Reid during his tenure at Arista.

Underscoring Reid's success as a leader in the music industry is his growth as a businessman through both hands-on experience and professional training. In 1999, he was accepted into the Harvard Business School's prestigious Advanced Management Program. Designed for working, senior-level executives, the program provided a crash course in contemporary management principles with emphasis on evaluating case studies. The only music business professional among a group of CEOs and COOs representing a variety of business disciplines from the U.S. and abroad, Reid received intensive MBA training while living on the university's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In 2006, Reid was honored to accept the 2006 Music Visionary of the Year Award from UJA-Federation of New York and the Music for Youth Foundation. The award was given by MFY's Officers and Board of Trustees in recognition of their mutual objectives of making quality music education available to underprivileged young people.

On June 16, 2006, in celebration of his 50th birthday, Reid was honored by the city of Atlanta with a cornerstone in his name, dedicated by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. The stone commemorated Reid's "contribution to the economic and community development for the city of Atlanta through his enhancement of the local film and music industry." The dedication took place at the major intersection of Lenox Road and East Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta's Buckhead area, one block from the long-time headquarters of La Face Records.

In October 2007, Reid's mother, Emma Reid, was honored by NABFEME (National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc.) at the organization's annual "Celebration of the Celebrity Mom" as part of its International Women's Leadership Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In 2008, Reid and Babyface produced the charitable single "Just Stand Up," their first creative reunion on record in nearly two decades. The song stars Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Keyshia Cole, Ciara, Leona Lewis, LeAnn Rimes, and Carrie Underwood. Funds from sales of the single go to Stand Up to Cancer, to accelerate ground-breaking research and bring new therapies to patients more quickly. The TV performance premiere of the song took place on September 5th, the climax of the unprecedented Stand Up to Cancer telecast on ABC, CBS and NBC (and seen in over 170 countries worldwide), the first simultaneous cross-network telecast ever to raise funds for the fight against a disease.

In 2009, Reid was presented with the Spirit of Compassion Award by UNICEF for his unwavering support of humanitarian efforts, both in the United States and worldwide. The Spirit of Compassion Award is given to show appreciation for exceptional individuals that by example and deed have demonstrated visionary & transformative leadership on behalf of children worldwide.

Also in 2009, The Soul Train Awards paid tribute to Reid and Babyface as music industry icons in honor of their lifetime achievements and significant impact on culture through their contribution of timeless music.

Antonio "L.A." Reid's diversity, adaptability, and dedication are the hallmarks of a brilliant career. In turn, they contribute to his reputation as one of the most respected and formidable executives on the contemporary music landscape.


How old is LA Reid? Find out here.

Age: 60 years old
Birthday: June 7, 1956
Full Name / Real Name: Antonio Reid

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