Master of Ceremonies: Kara DioGuardi

In addition to serving as a judge on seasons 8 & 9 of American Idol, Kara DioGuardi, Executive Vice President of Development at Warner Bros Records, is a GRAMMY-nominated songwriter whose songs have appeared on over 159 million albums. 

DioGuardi’s list of film, television, and A-list artist songwriting credits stretches down the red carpet and back.  She has also published a memoir with Harper-Collins, runs a music publishing business and a range of philanthropic ventures, including building recording studios for nationally-renowned youth outpatient substance abuse center Phoenix House, and a scholarship fund in her family's name.