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After being presented with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 12th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert Thursday evening, Smokey Robinson talked about being “so blessed to live a life I absolutely love.” The singer-songwriter also remembered the “darkest part of his life” as he referenced his deep-rooted commitment to the MAP Fund, which provides addiction recovery treatment to members of the music community regardless of their financial situation.
“I’m not talking from outside of this,” Robinson declared. “I was an addict for two and a half years.” He then recalled meeting singer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds several years ago during a chance encounter at a dry cleaner. “I was so high that day,” said Robinson, “that I don’t remember what I said to Kenny. I never got a chance to apologize to him, so I’m doing that tonight. Those two and a half years were the darkest part of my life. Now I’m a warrior against drugs.”