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Motown Greats Lined Up for Musicares Person of the Year Gala Including Lionel Richie, Valerie Simpson, Temptations, Four Tops — and Stevie Wonder?


The first group of entertainers has been announced for the Grammys annual Musicares Person of the Year dinner.

This the annual glittering gala held on the Friday night before the Grammy Awards. It’s a massive fundraiser and concert for the Recording Academy’s vitally important foundation. The location is the LA Convention Center and the date is Friday, February 3rd.

This year, Motown founder Berry Gordy and key iconic label artist Smokey Robinson are the honorees. It’s going to be a blast!

If the guests only sang Smokey’s songs they’d be there all night. Already signed for the evening to perform Motown and Smokey hits are performers from the label’s vaunted past including Lionel Richie, Valerie Simpson (she wrote dozen of the hits with late husband Nik Ashford), and the current versions of the Temptations and Four Tops.

Also coming are the Isley Brothers, who had their first hits on Motown like “This Old Heart of Mine.” Add to this group Jimmie Allen, Brandi Carlile, Chloe x Halle, Sheryl Crow, Lalah Hathaway, Samara Joy, John Legend, Michael McDonald, PJ Morton, Mumford & Sons, Trombone Shorty, Molly Tuttle, Rita Wilson, and Sebastián Yatra.

One name not announced today is Stevie Wonder. It’s inconceivable that Stevie won’t be there as a guest or performer.

“We’re bringing together such a unique lineup of artists not only to pay tribute to Mr. Gordy, Mr.
Robinson and Motown, but also to raise awareness of the critical health and social service
needs within the music community,” said Laura Segura, Executive Director of MusiCares. “The
funds raised from Persons of the Year will allow MusiCares to continue to provide vital services
throughout the year to the music community and continue to serve those who make the songs
and events we all love possible.”

Tables are available for purchase at For more
information about MusiCares Persons of the Year, please visit or email

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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