Smokey Robinson was honoured for his contribution to music on Monday (19Sep11) with an award named after jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald.
The Society of Singers (Sos) presented the King of Motown with the Ella Award at a glitzy ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California.
Robinson is in good company as an Ella honouree - past recipients include Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole and Celine Dion.
Meanwhile, the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was also feted at the event as she received the Legend Award for her glittering career.
Famed Motown producer Berry Gordy served as the event's chairman, while Sir Elton John was the honorary chairman.
The Sos is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the health and welfare of professional vocalists.