Business icon and well-respected pioneer Berry Gordy will be honored at this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame gala, where the Motown founder will receive the Pioneer Award at its 44th annual induction ceremony on June 13th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
The award was established last year to honor people who have “been a major influence on generations of songwriters,” where it was presented posthumously to Woody Guthrie.
In case you are living in the dark or have no idea that there were major artists before your current fave, Berry Gordy helped establish the careers of Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and many more.
The label played an important role in the racial integration of popular music by achieving a crossover success and in the 1960s, Motown and its soul-based subsidiaries were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as “The Motown Sound,” a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence. Thoughts?