MOTOWN Founder BERRY GORDY and legendary producer, music publisher and record executive CLARENCE AVANT paid tribute to current MOTOWN President and UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP Pres./Urban Music/Co-Head of Creative ETHIOPIA HABTERMARIAM at the 25th ANNIVERSARY HEROES AND LEGENDS (HAL) AWARDS held last SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 28th) in HOLLYWOOD.
GORDY told the audience: "Seeing this wonderful young lady who I met some time ago, and who I’m so thrilled has taken on the reins of MOTOWN … I just wanted everybody to know how proud I am of her and how proud I am of the whole company. It’s in great hands now."
HABTEMARIAM received the HAL TRIUMPH AWARD along with other honorees during the evening, including NEW EDITION, MARY JANE GIRLS, RYAN PRESS and the late EDDIE FLOYD.
The event was attended by UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP executives, including EVP/CFO BOYD MUIR, CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP Chairman/CEO STEVE BARNETT, UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP N.A. Pres. EVAN LAMBERG and previous HAL TRIUMPH AWARD winner JEFF HARLESTON, UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP N.A. General Counsel/EVP/Business & Legal Affairs.
Produced by songwriter and MOTOWN alumni JANIE BRADFORD, the HAL AWARDS show featured performances by MARY WILSON, DENNIS EDWARDS, BRENDA HOLLOWAY and new MOTOWN artist KEVIN ROSS, who released his debut EP, "Dialogue In The Grey," on AUGUST 12th.
The 2014 HAL AWARDS honor individuals who have brought honor and dignity to the arts and awards scholarships to deserving students of the arts in SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
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