L.A. Reid

Birth name:

Antonio M. Reid


June 7, 1956 (age 59)


Cincinnati, Ohio, United States


Record executive, producer, songwriter


LaFace Records

Antonio M. "L.A." Reid (born June 7, 1956) is an American record executive, songwriter, and record producer. Best known as the co-founder of LaFace Records, he is responsible for helping bring Mariah Carey, Avril Lavigne, Pink, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Kanye West, Toni Braxton, Kerli, TLC, Usher, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Ciara, OutKast, and Dido to multi-platinum album sales. He has won three Grammy Awards.

He is the President and chief executive of Hitco Music Publishing, based in Atlanta, and was the chairman and chief executive officer of Island Def Jam Music Group until 2011, when he signed up to appear as a judge on the 2011 U.S. version of The X Factor. He returned to the television show for the 2012 season, but in December 2012 announced he would not be back for the show's third season. 

Reid is currently the Chairman and CEO of Epic Records.

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