Smokey Robinson And Berry Gordy Honored At Grammy Museum Gala
Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, were both honored at the First Grammy Museum Gala. The event, held at L.A.'s Club Nokia, raised over $500,000 to support the Grammy Museum's various initiatives including educational programs, live performances and special exhibitions.
Smokey was honored with the Architects of Sound Artist Award by Neil Portnow, President of the Recording Academy and Chairman of the Board of the Grammy Museum.
The evening featured performances by Kelly Rowland ("Dancing in the Street"), Luke James ("Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" with Rowland), Boys II Men ("Tracks of My Tears") and Michael Bolton ("What's Going On?").
"We can start with the Beatles," said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the Grammy Museum. "But wherever you go -- including with the Beatles -- Motown was there. They educated us; they obliterated the color line in popular music."
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