By Tristin Marshall
Motown Records will celebrate the leaders innovating and shaping the Black community at the EBONY Power 100 Gala. The evening will include artist performances from NE-YO and JAMESDAVIS, honors to Motown’s president Ethiopia Habtemarian and Quality Control Music executive Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “Pee” Thomas, and the prestigious EBONY Icon Award to Motown Records.
GRAMMY-award winning artist NE-YO will be taking the stage in honor of Motown. He released his seventh studio album ‘Good Man’ in June, which included the singles “Another Love Song,” “Good Man,” and “Push Back.”
JAMESDAVIS will also be sharing the stage with NE-YO as a performer. The R&B trio of siblings just released the EP “Lamplighter Vol. 1,” displaying their wide ranging sound and the depth of their music, which encompasses the new definition of soul on the Motown roster.
The EBONY Power 100 Gala is in celebration of the EBONY Power 100 List, which honors and celebrates the trailblazers, heroes, and icons of the Black community. Motown’s president and EVP of Capitol Music Group Ethiopia Habtemariam, who will be presented as a Woman Up honoree, has transformed the Motown roster in the new sound of young America. Over the last few years, Habtemariam has signed some of music’s biggest acts including Migos and Lil Baby through the Atlanta-based label Quality Control Music. Quality Control Music founders Thomas and Lee, who are honorees in the entertainment and arts category, entered a joint venture with Motown Records in 2015 and continue to break acts such as City Girls.
Ebony Magazine published its first issues in 1945, covering the news and lifestyles of African-Americans. Much like Motown Records, EBONY has become a staple in the Black community through every generation since its inception. At the intersection of entertainment and culture, EBONY has also featured some of Motown’s biggest stars on their cover including Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Erykah Badu, and more.
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