Countdown to Grammys: Tunji Balogun, Others Talk DEF JAM@40

Tunji Balogun



  • Nigeria’s Burna Boy to Perform at the awards’ night


Nigerian American Record Label Executive, Tunji Balogun is joining Chuck D and Benny The Butcher, to hold talks on DEF JAM @40 on January 30. Balogun, who is the CEO, began his career as a marketing intern at Warner Brothers Records. He was hired as an assistant at the label after he graduated from college. He later held a position in A&R at Interscope, where he worked with artists signed through Bad Boy Entertainment and Shady Records, in addition to Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Keyshia Cole, OneRepublic, and others. 


He joined RCA in 2015 as senior vice president of A&R, and was promoted to executive vice president in 2018. At the time of his promotion, RCA announced that it had entered into a joint venture with Balogun, Courtney Stewart, Jon Tanners, and Jared Sherman to establish Keep Cool. The first artist signed to Keep Cool was Normani.


A co-founder of Keep Cool, he was the executive vice president of A&R for RCA Records.Balogun signed or participated in the signing of artists including Brockhampton, Childish Gambino, Goldlink, H.E.R., Khalid, SZA, Bryson Tiller, and Cozz.

He was named CEO of Def Jam in August 2021, and assumed the position in January 2022.


The talk session will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Moderated by author, host, editor, and producer, Elliott Wilson, it is expected to be insightful.


Some additional performers have been added to the lineup for the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards and taking the stage are Burna Boy, Luke Combs and Travis Scott. Hosted by Trevor Noah, Music’s Biggest Night will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 4, 2024.


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