The City Gala is an annual speaker summit, award show, and fundraising event often held on the evening of the Grammy Awards. The ceremony honors the most successful people in various industries, including science, entertainment,
business, and philanthropy. Proceeds from the event help support Los Angeles based non-profit organization Community Inspiring Today’s Youth (CITY).
The 2016 City Gala was announced in January 2016 and will take place on the evening of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards at the Playboy Mansion. The keynote speaker will be entrepreneur tycoon Richard Branson who will also be one of the honorees. Other honorees announced for the evening include entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria and astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The event will be hosted by former 98 Degrees member Jeff Timmons.
The first reported City Gala took place on the night of the 86th Academy Awards in 2014. The ceremony featured a keynote speech from director James Cameron. Notable honorees included Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, and Halle Berry with music from Ne-Yo and Paris Hilton. Other confirmed attendees included Tyrese Gibson, Zendaya, and Gene Simmons.