/  02.24.2021


Clive Davis, the legendary record industry executive, has been diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. Following the news of his illness, the virtual second half of the annual Pre-Grammy Gala that was scheduled for March 14 has been postponed.

Sean Cassidy, who represents the music legend, confirmed the diagnosis to Billboard and said he learned of the illness last week. “About a week ago, Mr. Davis was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, a condition believed to be caused by a virus that results in some partial facial paralysis,” Cassidy told the outlet. “He’s being treated with antibiotics and steroids and will make a full recovery within six to eight weeks, at which point he plans to host the second installment of the virtual Pre-Grammy Gala.”

According to Healthline, Bell’s Palsy is an illness that causes a brief weakness or paralysis of the muscles in the face. It can transpire when the nerve that regulates your facial muscles becomes compressed, inflamed or swollen. The illness is thought to be caused by a virus, but Davis has reportedly not tested positive for COVID-19.

“Clive is obviously disappointed to delay the evening as it’s shaping up to be as big as the first. However, he feels great otherwise and is looking forward to the May event,” Cassidy added.

The first installment of the virtual Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala was held on Jan. 30 and featured performances from John Legend and Alicia Keys. There were also appearances from REVOLT Media & TV’s chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs, Gladys Knight, Jamie Foxx and more. The event benefited MusiCares, which is a non-profit organization striving to provide assistance for musicians in need. The second gala has been rescheduled to May and proceeds will benefit the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

The REVOLT team would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Davis as he continues to recover.

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