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Motown founder Berry Gordy to receive Pioneer Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in June

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Berry Gordy will be honoured at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame gala.

The organization announced Tuesday that the Motown founder will receive the Pioneer Award at its 44th annual induction ceremony on June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

The award was established last year to honour people who have "been a major influence on generations of songwriters." It was presented posthumously to Woody Guthrie.

As the head of Motown, Gordy helped establish careers and hits for Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five. A Broadway musical about Gordy's life, "Motown: The Musical," debuted this week.

Previously announced inductees include Tony Hatch, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, JD Souther, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

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