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By Ashley Hume, Fox News | Smokey Robinson and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy were honored at the MusiCares Persons of the Year Gala on Friday night, ahead of the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.

The 82-year-old singer and the 93-year-old retired record executive, who are longtime friends and collaborators, were the first dual recipients of the honor, which recognizes music industry figures for their artistic achievements and dedication to philanthropy.

The evening featured musical tributes from performers including Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, John Legend, Dionne Warwick, Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Chloe and Halle Bailey, Rita Wilson, The Temptations and Mumford and Sons.

“In my life, I’ve been blessed enough to get a few awards, but this one is really, really, really probably the most special to me because I’m getting this award tonight with my very best friend in the world,” Robinson told the star-studded crowd at the Los Angeles Convention Center, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

He continued, “Because of him, not only me, you’ve seen so many people here tonight who were able to do what they do because of him. I’m standing here tonight because when I first met this man it was the beginning of my dream come true.”
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Proceeds from the gala support MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s charitable organization that provides a safety net of critical health and welfare services to the music community.

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Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson honored at pre-Grammys event

[Sure hope they taped the MusiCares event and will show it soon!]

Photo: Smokey & Barry
From Smokey’s Facebook page

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