Motown founder Berry Gordy is going to receive Pioneer Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in June.
The Songwriters hall of Fame announced Tuesday that the Motown founder will get the Pioneer Award at its 44th annual induction ceremony, to be held June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.
The award was created last year to honor people who have “been a major influence on generations of songwriters.” It was presented posthumously to Woody Guthrie.
As the head of Motown, Gordy helped start careers and hits for Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five. A Broadway musical about Gordy’s life, “Motown: The Musical,” showed this week.
Previously announced inductees include Tony Hatch, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, J.D. Souther, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
Congrats to Mr. Gordy
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