Irving & Shelli Azoff Honored by Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor & More at Wallis Annenberg Event

BEVERLY HILLS – After years of pandemic postponements, Irving and Shelley Azoff was celebrated by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night with a local who’s who gala of their family, friends and supporters.

Only Shelli wasn’t there.

Mrs. Azoff, Irving’s wife of more than four decades and business partner on a variety of projects, was home sick with COVID-19. And while that was certainly disappointing, somehow it was hardly surprising. In true power couple fashion, the Azoffs brought about as high-profile a replacement as you can get: Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian-Jenner family, who has been a longtime friend of the family. “I would say she was the best manager in the world if I was at another event,” they said James Cordenwho favors the presentation.) And, as Jenner told the crowd, this was a somehow fitting event.

“Let’s be honest, this is the most Shelli Azoff move ever,” said Jenner, who served as a stand-in to receive the night’s honor with Irving. “She insisted that every one of you…come here tonight. She tortures us about everything, we’re scared if we don’t come because we’re going to get in so much trouble, but Shelli is here no, she’s devastated not to be here tonight.”

Even without Shelli’s physical presence, the event was a resounding success for the Azoffs and The Wallis, as the performance center is commonly referred to. Together, they raised $2.6 million to support education, access, participation, equity and inclusion across a range of programs there, with 340 guests in attendance contributing anywhere from $1,000 per $100,000 ticket for the Platinum Patron package (which included 10 tickets). Irving’s customers Meghan Trainor, Gwen Stefani and John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival all performed to end the evening, which also included a buffet dinner. Ellen DeGeneres and after years of pandemic postponements, Irving and Shelley Azoff was celebrated by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night with a Who’s Who Gala of their family, friends and supporters. was there, as well as CAA managing partner Rob LightNetflix CEO Ted Sarandos, Cindy Crawford and Rande GerberHuge music boss Shawn HolidayFull Stop Management co-CEO Brandon Creed and of course his partner and Irving’s son, Jeffrey. (That same night, Jeffrey’s client Harry Styles performed a 15-show at New York’s Madison Square Garden, becoming just the third musician ever to have a banner raised to rafters to his credit.)

Additionally, a video presentation celebrating the power couple is also included John MayerAdam Levine, Judd Apatow, Jon Bon Jovi, Universal Music Group CEO Lucian GraingeKim Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

Even though Shelli wasn’t around, that didn’t excuse her from a mild roasting. While Corden noted the superstar manager’s prowess, he also praised his wife’s savvy business acumen. “Irving has worked with everybody: The Eagles, Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5,” he said. “He’s touched every corner of the music business. Let’s put it this way: If you snorted cocaine off a CD case in the ’90s, Irving Azoff produced that CD. And if the cocaine was good, you got it from Shelli.”

Corden continued, “As I stand on stage hosting this event and I think about Shelli, it reminds me of something my dad told me when I was young. He said, ‘Son, there’s no such thing as a favor from Shelli Azoff, who will not be called in at any point.’

But most of all, the theme of the evening was incredibly heartfelt, honoring Irving’s success and Shelli as the woman behind Irving’s success – while also having plenty of her own. (“But I love Shelli, I love Irving, I love Shelli more than I love Irving — and I think that’s true for all of us tonight,” Corden said.) While Irving and Shelli received incredible praise from their friends, family and the Irvings. star clients, it was Mayer who made a promise he might end up regretting: “You know what? 30%,” he said, referring to the cut his manager would take. “30% to both of you.”

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