Berry Gordy

  1. Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae To Perform At BET Honors

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae are among the artists set to perform at BET Honors 2014. Premiering Feb. 24 in the U.S. and Feb. 28 on BET’s international network, the telecast will also feature Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson and W ...

  2. Lucian Grainge Receives Icon Award at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala As Music Industry Looks On

    January 26, 2014 11:03 AM EST Beginning with the Imagine Dragons and ending with a performance by Whitney Houston , the Beverly Hilton ballroom rocked for over three hours (lights out at 12:46 am) during last evening's Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons. And bet ...

  3. Backbeat: Grammy Museum Honors Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson

    November 13, 2013 2:01 PM EST Motown legends Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson were the inaugural honorees of the Grammy Museum’s first annual Architects of Sound Awards gala (Nov. 11). Held at the museum and Club Nokia at the L.A. Live complex, the dinner/concert event raised ...

  4. Berry Gordy, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Aerosmith, More Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame Event

    June 14, 2013 6:12 PM EDT NEW YORK -- The Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner is pretty much the do of the year for the music publishing industry, and in addition to virtually everyone who’s anyone in the executive side of that world, there’s always a jaw-dropping array of l ...

  5. Class of 2013 Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:22 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was ...

  6. Legends Gamble & Huff, Thom Bell Reteam For Book, Other Projects

    June 06, 2013 6:22 PM EDT Legendary production duo and Philadelphia International Records founders Gamble & Huff have begun writing their autobiography, Billboard has learned exclusively. The definitive look back at the pair's pioneering legacy is the latest pro ...

  7. Backbeat: Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, David Geffen, More Attend Broadway Premiere of Motown Musical

    April 15, 2013 12:03 PM EDT Stars and executives alike turned out en masse to the opening night of "Motown: The Musical" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in Manhattan Sunday night, catching the premiere of the legendary record label's story as it hit the Broadw ...

  8. L.A. Reid to Be Honored at Pre-Grammy Gala; Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt at P&E Wing Event

    December 18, 2012 11:30 AM EST Clive Davis and the Recording Academy will present the annual Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the Academy announced this morning. As part of the ...

  9. Video: 'Motown: The Musical' Preview With Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, Smokey Robinson

    December 03, 2012 4:13 PM EST "For years people said if I didn't do something on Broadway that I should see a psychiatrist…and so I'm here," so says Motown Records founder Berry Gordy in a new video (below) entitled "An Inside Look at "Motown: The ...

  10. Pete Bennett, Legendary Promotion Man for Beatles, Stones, Many More, Dead at 77

    November 27, 2012 4:44 PM EST Pete Bennett -- the promotion man who famously worked with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Steven Tyler, Sam Cooke and many others -- died of a heart attack on Thanksgiving Day. He was 77. Born May 11, 1935 in the Bronx, Bennett was be ...

  11. 'Inventing David Geffen' Draws Springsteen, Iovine, Gordy, Dr. Dre To L.A. Premiere

    November 14, 2012 2:26 PM EST Jimmy Iovine, chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M Records and co-founder, Beats by Dre, arriving to the premiere of 'Inventing David Geffen' held at Writer's Guild Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Michael Tran/FilmMagic) The Wri ...

  12. Frank Wilson's Chart Legacy: From the Supremes and Marvin Gaye to the Miracles & Stevie Wonder (Videos)

    October 01, 2012 2:24 PM EDT Motown producer/songwriter/artist Frank Wilson, who died on Sept. 27 after a long battle with prostate cancer, is one of the label's unsung heroes, having produced hits for almost every major Motown artist, including Diana Ross & the Supr ...

  13. 'Motown: The Musical' to Open on Broadway in April

    August 27, 2012 10:20 PM EDT The Motown story is coming to Broadway next spring, with Brandon Victor Dixon playing the role of the trailblazing Detroit record label's founder Berry Gordy. Gordy and fellow producers Kevin McCollum and Doug Morris announced Monday that &qu ...

  14. 40 Under 40: Jay Brown

    August 02, 2012 2:36 PM EDT Jay Brown President, Roc Nation Website: RocNation.com Twitter: @RocNation Successful But Hungry Four years after he helped Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter launch his Roc Nation imprint, president Jay Brown, 38, is still hungry for success. Alongsi ...

  15. Berry Gordy Launches Search for Actor to Play Michael Jackson in 'Motown: The Musical'

    July 17, 2012 4:50 PM EDT No stranger to discovering raw musical talent, Berry Gordy has launched a nationwide video search for an African-American performer, aged 8-11, to play the multiple roles of the young Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Gordy himself in the upcomin ...

  16. Berry Gordy-Inspired 'Motown' Musical to Hit Broadway Next Year

    June 26, 2012 6:28 PM EDT A musical based on the life of legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is set to open on Broadway next year. Producers said Tuesday that "Motown," with 81-year-old Gordy writing his own book, will open in the spring of 2013 at a Ned ...

  17. Quincy Jones Named ASCAP Founders Honoree

    June 06, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Multi-faceted industry legend Quincy Jones will be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award during the organization's 25th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invite-only event will be held June 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angel ...

  18. Backbeat: Billboard Music Awards' Raging Afterparty, With Stevie Wonder, Jordin Sparks, Wiz Khalifa, Far East Movement, More

    May 21, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa hanging out with BBMA co-executive producer Richard Beckman at the Billboard Music Awards after-party. (Photo: Jem Aswad) For many decades, Billboard has been known for its sober and succinct analysis of the music business and its rela ...

  19. Backbeat: Backstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards With Irving Azoff, Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Others

    May 21, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Interscope's Dennis Dennehy (left) poses with Robin Thicke backstage at the Billboard Music Awards. (Photo: Jem Aswad) It's one thing to be backstage at a show where extremely famous people are bustling in and out a few feet away from yo ...

  20. Berry Gordy Remembers Dick Clark: A 'Major Force' in Pop Culture

    April 19, 2012 1:26 PM EDT Adding to the heartfelt remembrances of the late Dick Clark on Wednesday, Motown founder Berry Gordy had warm words for the influential broadcaster, whom he called a "major force in changing pop culture." Clark, the longtime "Americ ...

  21. Kid Rock, Alice Cooper, Ron Wood, George Clinton: Behind the Scenes at the Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony

    April 15, 2012 5:24 PM EDT Go behind the scenes of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction , held Saturday in Cleveland, with our roving roundup of chatter with the likes of Ron Wood, Questlove, Chuck D and Alice Cooper. Get our report from the ceremony here. 1. A sober Ro ...

  22. Photos: Lana Del Rey, Jessie J, Irving Azoff, Scooter Braun, More at Lucian Grainge's Grammy-Night Party

    February 13, 2012 6:51 PM EST From left: David Joseph, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK; Lana Del Rey; Lucian Grainge, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group. (Photos: Courtesy Universal Music) Far from the proverbial madding crowds on Grammy night ...

  23. Photos: Clive Davis, Alicia Keys, Diddy Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston at Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 12, 2012 10:11 AM EST Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Clive Davis at the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton Hotel . He said the late-Whtiney Houston "wo ...

  24. Daniel Ek Talks Spotify's Growth at Entertainment Law Luncheon; John Branca Shares Priceless Michael Jackson Story

    February 10, 2012 9:02 PM EST (L-R)Ziffren Brittenham Partner John Branca, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek outside the Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon and Scholarship Presentation Friday. (Photo: Michael Underwood/PictureGroup) BEVE ...

  25. Sir Richard Branson To Be Honored At Pre-Grammy Gala

    January 19, 2012 12:38 PM EST Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, will be honored at Clive Davis and Recording Academy's Pre-Grammy gala this year. Branson will be presented with the President's Merit Award "in recognition of his significant contri ...

  26. Motown's Berry Gordy Proud of How His Offspring, LMFAO, Have Gone From 'Nothing to Everything'

    November 21, 2011 4:25 PM EST It may sound like trivia, but Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records and longtime music industry veteran, is in fact related to the guys in LMFAO. That's right, the man who discovered and nurtured the Supremes, the Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder ...

  27. Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson Pay Tribute at Esther Gordy Edwards' Funeral

    August 31, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr. drew knowing laughs at the funeral for his sister -- former label executive and Motown Historical Museum founder Esther Gordy Edwards, who died Aug. 24 at the age of 91 , after a long illness -- when he ackn ...

  28. Esther Edwards Gordy, 'The Mother of Motown,' Dead at 91

    August 25, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Esther Edwards Gordy (right) circa 1967 with Smokey Robinson at the Motown offices (Photo: Getty Images) Esther Edwards Gordy was known by many as the "Mother of Motown," a longtime company executive who served in a variety of capacities ...

  29. Nick Ashford's Chart Legacy: From Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye to Method Man and Jessica Simpson

    August 24, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Within hours of the passing of songwriting legend Jerry Leiber, another of the rock era's most successful songwriters, Nickolas Ashford, died in New York City. Known worldwide as the composing partner and husband of Valerie Simpson, Ashford a ...

  30. LMFAO Vs. Motown: How Does Berry Gordy's Offspring's Chart Performance Compare to His Label's?

    August 16, 2011 6:24 PM EDT Parents usually want their children to outshine their own accomplishments, and if that's Berry Gordy's hope for his son Stefan, his wish is on the way to coming true. Stefan, a.k.a. Redfoo of Billboard cover stars LMFAO (along with Berry ...

  31. LMFAO: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 08, 2011 6:04 AM EDT The video plot: After a few weeks in a coma, a duo, wearing pristine bedazzled jackets and Dalmatian-print leggings, emerges to find the world in chaos. Zombies. In this case, though, the afflicted aren't compelled by a virus to devour huma ...

  32. LMFAO Vs. Rockwell: Berry Gordy's Offspring Battle It Out on Billboard Hot 100

    June 27, 2011 3:04 PM EDT Sibling rivalry makes for great drama. And while there's nothing Ewing-like about their relationship, two sons of Motown founder Berry Gordy, LMFAO's Redfoo (a.k.a. Stefan Gordy) and Rockwell (a.k.a Kennedy Gordy), are having a chart bat ...

  33. Cee Lo, R. Kelly, Mumford & Sons, F-Bombs Rock Clive Davis' Grammy Party, David Geffen Tribute: Photo Gallery

    February 13, 2011 2:18 PM EST It's My Party: Clive Davis on stage at his 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) @font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNorm ...

  34. @SXSW: Smokey Robinson Delivers Keynote

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Motown legend Smokey Robinson delivered the keynote address on Thursday (March 18) for this year's South By Southwest Music + Media Conference, entertaining a bleary-eyed crowd of attendees with stories about meeting Berry Gordy, starting Mot ...

  35. Songwriter Miller Dies At 74

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter Ron Miller, whose tunes included pop classics "Touch Me in the Morning" and "For Once in My Life," has died. He was 74. Miller died Monday of cardiac arrest at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center after a long battle wit ...

  36. NBC To Develop Motown Records Miniseries

    June 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A 12-hour series about the famed Motown Records music empire and its founder, Berry Gordy, is being developed for NBC. A 12-hour series about the famed Motown Records music empire and its founder, Berry Gordy, is being developed for NBC. "Ber ...