Antonio "L.A." Reid (born June 7, 1956) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American record executive, songwriter, and record producer. Best known as the co-founder of LaFace Records, he is responsible for signing and helping bring Mariah Carey, P!nk, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Kanye West, Avril Lavigne, Toni Braxton, TLC, Usher, Ciara, OutKast, and Dido to multi-platinum album sales.
He is the President and CEO of Hitco Music Publishing, based in Atlanta, and was the Chairman and CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group until 2011 when he signed up to appear as a judge on The X Factor USA. He is now the chairman and CEO of Epic Records.
Reid announced on December 13, 2012 that he will not be returning for season 3 of The X Factor USA.
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