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Architects of Sound: Motown

The GRAMMY Museum's Inaugural Architects of Sound Gala Honored Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson 

The GRAMMY Museum celebrated our inaugural Architects of Sounds Gala on November 11, 2013, where we honored Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson and their contributions to Motown music. The Architect of Sound Awards are dedicated to honoring those who are catalysts in changing the musical legacy of America, and who helped shape the sound of a specific genre. Gordy received the Architect of Sound: Vision Award and Robinson received the Architect of Sound: Artist Award. "We were honored to celebrate both Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson as the first-ever recipients of the Architects of Sound Awards," said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director, Bob Santelli. "Their contributions to Motown have truly changed the landscape of American music.”

The Gala began with a reception and touring of the GRAMMY Museum, followed by a dinner and awards presentation, hosted by Randy Jackson. The celebration culminated with a concert, produced by Ken Ehrlich Productions, featuring four-time GRAMMY-winning group Boyz II Men and four-time GRAMMY winner Kelly Rowland. In addition to serving as a GRAMMY Museum Board member, Ken Ehrlich has produced the GRAMMY Awards® telecast since 1980 and is responsible for the creation and presentation of the show's most iconic GRAMMY moments during that time.

Proceeds from the GRAMMY Museum gala provide essential support for the Museum, an educational and interactive museum dedicated to engaging both children and adults in the power of music through dynamic exhibits, educational programs, live performances and more. 

Major gala sponsors included The Recording Academy, AEG, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Additional sponsors include CBS Corporation, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Ziffren Brittenham LLP, Carolyn Powers and The David Geffen Foundation. Media sponsorship was provided by Los Angeles Magazine.