Berry Gordy To Be Honored By The Recording Academy
January 10, 2008 at 5:49 AM (PT)
MOTOWN RECORDS founder BERRY GORDY will be honored by THE RECORDING ACADEMY at its annual GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons event on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th, immediately following the 50th Annual GRAMMY AWARDS.
This exclusive reception, held at the LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER, features a presentation of the President's Merit Award to Industry Icons in recognition of GORDY's significant contributions to the music industry, and the impact his efforts have made on music and the business of music. Past recipients of the GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons President's Merit Award include AHMET ERTEGUN, MO OSTIN, HERB ALPERT and JERRY MOSS. The invitation-only VIP event will be attended by prominent artists and industry leaders.
"BERRY GORDY embodies that rare combination of creative genius, entrepreneurial excellence and fearless proponent of social change," said RECORDING ACADEMY President/CEO NEIL PORTNOW. "By bringing the heart and soul of MOTOWN to the world, he opened the ears of music fans and opened doors for music makers who have become the most revered and beloved artists of all time. We are honored to pay tribute to an icon who has shaped popular music with his artistry, drive and unparalleled ability to identify and develop young talent."