Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and R&B icon Smokey Robinson
will be honored with the first Architects of Sound awards, bestowed by
the Grammy Museum at its inaugural benefit gala Monday. Music veteran
Randy Jackson will serve as host, and the ceremony will close with a
concert featuring Boyz II Men and Kelly Rowland.
In recognition of
their contributions to Motown, Gordy will receive the Architect of
Sound: Vision Award and Robinson will receive the Architect of Sound:
Artist Award. The awards, selected by the museum and its board of
directors, honor members of the music industry who have been
instrumental in shaping America's musical legacy and the sound of a
Gordy's hit-making Detroit label paved the career
paths for Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes,
Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and The
Jackson 5, among many others. Also a songwriter, boxer, producer,
director, entrepreneur, teacher and visionary, Gordy was active in the
civil rights movement and released the recorded speeches of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.
Robinson, dubbed America's "greatest living poet" by Bob Dylan, rose
to fame in the 1960s making hits with the Miracles. He became vice
president at Motown, serving as house producer, talent scout and
songwriter, penning and producing hits for The Temptations, Mary Wells,
Marvin Gaye and others.
The contributions of Gordy and Robinson to
Motown "have truly changed the landscape of American music," museum
executive director Bob Santelli said in a statement. "We are grateful to
these extraordinary industry leaders who will be helping us celebrate
not only our first gala, but also our upcoming five-year anniversary of
the Grammy Museum."
Proceeds from the event at Club Nokia in
downtown Los Angeles will support the museum, an interactive and
educational facility designed to engage children and adults in the power
of music through exhibits, special programs, performances and more.
For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org.