He launched the careers of some of music’s most revered artists and, in the process, became the voice of a generation. As the head of Motown, Berry Gordy helped establish careers and hits for Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, putting the soul in soul music.
Now, almost 53 years after founding the iconic label in his hometown of Detroit, Mich., Gordy will be honored at this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame gala on June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. He will be presented with the Pioneer Award, established last year to honor people who have “been a major influence on generations of songwriters.”
While I’m sure there are a few old schoolers who have a not-so-nice opinion on Berry Gordy and his movements back in the day, his impact on music is undeniable and is felt every time artists of today sample one of his classic hits.
Congrats, Mr. Gordy!