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Smokey Robinson (Uncredited)

Smokey Robinson

Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson’s career spans over four decades of hits. He has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate (Howard University), the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States, and the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors. He has also been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. The group was Berry Gordy’s first vocal group, and it was at Robinson’s suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Record dynasty.

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<i>Let Freedom Ring</i> 1/20/13: Let Freedom Ring

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Please visit the event page for more information.

Let Freedom Ring

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Please visit the event page for more information.
<i>An American Playlist: An Evening of Classical Works and Popular Song</i> 7/20/10: An American Playlist: An Evening of Classical Works and Popular Song
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Acclaimed opera singer and D.C. native Harolyn Blackwell, Grammy winner and 2006 Kennedy Center Honoree Smokey Robinson, Grammy winner John Mayer, and saxophonist Branford Marsalis join the National Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Hugh Wolff and Sarah Hicks. Visit An American Playlist for more information.

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