Rob Stringer receives the 2017 Music Industry Trusts Award

Rob Stringer, global CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, became the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award last night.

Stringer, one of the most well-regarded, respected and successful executives in the music business, joined the ranks of previous honourees including Roger Daltrey CBE, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Sir George Martin, Simon Cowell, Michael Eavis CBE and Annie Lennox OBE.  

In a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel hosted by the BBC’s Jo Whiley, Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers – a band Stringer signed in 1991 as they were starting out – presented Rob with the award. During the evening, the audience enjoyed performances by Harry Styles, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, George Ezra and Camila Cabello – all chart-topping artists who have worked with the executive during his career.  

The esteem in which Stringer is held by the biggest names in music was emphasised as guests viewed a tribute film, featuring contributions from superstars including Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Celine Dion, John Legend, Pharrell, Solange and Sade.  

Celebrating its 26th year, the Music Industry Trusts Award is recognised as one of the true benchmarks of achievement in the UK music business, and continues to benefit great causes year after year. The MITs Award supports two important charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins.