Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is to be honoured for his contribution to American music at an exclusive post-Grammy Awards event in Los Angeles. The Grammy Salute To Industry Icons reception will be held on Sunday (20Jan08) to pay homage to the label chief, who will be presented with the prestigious President's Merit Award to Industry Icons. President/CEO of The Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, says, "Berry Gordy embodies that rare combination of creative genius, entrepreneurial excellence and fearless proponent of social change. "By bringing the heart and soul of Motown to the world, he opened the ears of music fans and opened doors for music makers who have become the most revered and beloved artists of all time. We are honoured to pay tribute to an icon who has shaped popular music with his artistry, drive, and unparalleled ability to identify and develop young talent." Past recipients of The Recording Academy's prize include the late Ahmet Ertegun, Mo Ostin, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.