Soirée, Larry King
Photo by Melina Joseph/The Ball Out

West Hollywood, CA —  The 5th Annual The Soirée Celebration took place on Saturday, February 9 during the notorious Grammy Weekend. Even though The Soirée is independent and not affiliated with The Recording Academy, it sure did feel like it was at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA. There were tons of famous artists and bands in attendance, some of whom even performed at the event.

Presented by Cut the Bull Enterprise, the annual music industry gala is a night of celebration and networking. Many attendees were major labels, managers, producers, industry influencers, and agents within the entertainment industry. Grammy Award-winning artists and Grammy Award-nominated artists attended to witness the great Larry King be celebrated for his well-deserved honor the Living Legend award.

King was presented a special trophy with a specific inscription:

“The Living Legend Award presented to 2019 Larry King for your historical contribution to the change of the television landscape and television news in general, which keeps inspiring today and tomorrow’s world.”

Larry King video tribute. Recorded by Melina Joseph/The Ball Out

Before King accepted his Soirée Living Legend Award, a video tribute was showed on stage where the American television and radio host explained his first day on the job back on May 1, 1957. For those of you that cannot do math quickly, that is 62 years ago. Now at age 85, King still has no plans to retire.

“I want to thank everyone associated with this award. It is a great pleasure,” stated King during his acceptance speech. “I am so proud to have been in the television business and to be honored by a music industry is an even greater cue. So, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, I am 85 years old. Thank you, everyone, for this wonderful evening.”

Larry King accepting his award and starting his speech. Video by Melina Joseph/The Ball Out

Interviewing thousands of celebrities, artists, presidents, actors, actresses, and more, King has left quite the impression. He first started his career in radio as a disc jockey at WAHR-AM in Miami. In 1978, “The Larry King Show” kicked off as a late-night radio talk show, then transitioned to a television series on CNN in 1985. In 2010, King announced his retirement from “The Larry King Show,” but it wasn’t his official retirement.

King went on to host “Larry King: Stand Up” in 2011, a one-man stand-up show where he offered insight to his long-standing career. The series went on for a couple of months. He now hosts an online series called “Larry King Now,” which debut on Ora TV in 2012. “Larry King Now” is currently on its seventh season and is ongoing.

In addition to the award ceremony, The Soirée included many great performances. Singers, dancers, and instrumentalists lit up the stage to create a fun-filled night full of excitement. Many crowded around the red carpet, which was ongoing all night, to catch their favorite celebrities.

Past honorees have included advocate, singer, and actress Dionne Warwick, Tour Manager to Elvis Presley, Joe Esposito and Motown’s first A&R Executive, singer/songwriter, and producer, Mickey Stevenson.

The Soirée honors two recipients every year, one in Los Angeles and one in Switzerland, Zürich. Switzerland will be holding the same party on August 9 at the Hotel Atlantis by Giardino.

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