Information of the dying of veteran music govt Andre Harrell hit the trade arduous with many artists, former colleagues, followers and associates expressing their grief on social media Friday evening, Might 8, into Saturday morning.
Harrell based Uptown Information and employed Sean “P. Diddy” Combs as an intern, later selling him to vp of A&R. Uptown was dwelling to Mary J. Blige, Father MC, Heavy D and lots of others. In 1995, Harrell went on to run Motown Information as CEO. Harrell’s last social-media submit was a brief, classic clip of Heavy D.
Among the many artists paying tribute to Harrell after his dying had been Mariah Carey, Maxwell, 50 Cent, John Legend, Juicy J, Mark Ronson and Daybreak Richard, who shared a touching reminiscence of auditioning for him for “Making the Band.”
Harrell’s dying got here on the identical day as music legend Little Richard’s dying. African American Movie Critics Affiliation president Gil Robertson paid tribute to each of the influential musicians.
“The passing of each Little Richard and Andre Harrell on the identical day is a big blow to American tradition. Each innovators and pioneers, Little Richard and Andre Harrell elevated and pushed popular culture ahead. Each males helped redefine American tradition by placing their very own stamp on it. And, although they’re gone at this time, their imprints reside endlessly. The members of AAFCA are profoundly grateful for his or her presents and contributions and can maintain their household in our ideas and prayers.”
Senator Kamala Harris paid tribute as nicely.
Among the many movie and tv stars who took to social media, famous director Ava Duvernay tweeted that Harrell was “the architect of a lot music, a lot tradition,” whereas Viola Davis thanked him for “the reward of so many unimaginable artists.”
Music executives like Hitco’s L.A. Reid, Atlantic Information’ Brooklyn Johnny and Loud Information founder Steve Rifkind, paid respect to the person with whom they collaborated.
Journalists and popular culture consultants additionally weighed in on Harrell’s affect.