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Berry Gordy to be honored by Songwriters Hall

This March 5, 2013 photo shows Berry Gordy posing for a portrait in Times Square in New York. Gordy is getting an honor at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame. The organization announced Tuesday, March 12, 2013, that the Motown founder will receive the pioneer award at their 44th annual induction ceremony June 13 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

NEW YORK (AP) — Berry Gordy will be honored 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 honor 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.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.