89 Year Old Berry Gordy Announces Retirement As Motown Turns 60

by Taylor Handberry Staggers

September 23, 2019

Photo by Rachel Luna/FilmMagic)

While celebrating the 60th anniversary of Motown, it’s founder, Berry Gordy announced his retirement. Sunday evening, at the Hitsville Honors in Detroit, the 89-year-old took the stage addressing the audience with a 40-minute speech. This announcement comes after a career spanning over 6-decades.

“For years I dreamed about it, talked about it, threatened it…I have come full circle…It is only appropriate to announce this while here in Detroit.”

As a living legend, Gordy has revolutionized American culture. The Detroit native is behind some of music’s most iconic artists such as The Jackson 5 and Diana Ross to Stevie Wonder and DeBarge, just to name a few.

Some Motown veterans such as The Temptations and Martha Reeves took the stage during the celebration giving special performances to honor the mogul. They were joined by newer artists such as rapper Big Sean and singer-songwriter Ne-Yo.

Though he’s most known for his contributions to music, the father of eight has gifted his talents across all of entertainment including television and film, a legacy that will last for generations to come.

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