Legendary singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson is set to be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and for helping others recovering from addiction!
According to the Grammys website, Smokey will be honored at the 12th annual MusiCares MAP Fund tribute concert at the Novo in Los Angeles on May 19. The fund gives members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment.
“I’ve been blessed to have a truly rewarding career in the music industry and I’ve worn many hats, from artist and songwriter to producer and executive,” Smokey said. “I also have experienced firsthand the ravages of addiction, and the role I’m most proud to be associated with is ‘sober.’ That’s why I’m so honored to receive this MusiCares MAP Fund tribute, because this charity saves lives day after day, all year long.”
“During the course of his 60-year career, Smokey’s stellar repertoire of extraordinary songwriting combined with his unique voice and dynamic performances continues to thrill sold-out audiences and fans worldwide,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of MusiCares and The Recording Academy. “He is also a passionate advocate for the MusiCares MAP Fund, and our work to help members of the music industry facing addiction. It is a genuine pleasure to honor a true musical icon and a courageous supporter of the recovery community.”
The concert, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, will include performances from El DeBarge, Kem, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Cee Lo Green. Smokey himself will close the show with a rousing performance!
For literally decades, Smokey has used his gift to not only make classic music, but to also help others. Congrats to him on this great award!
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