A late hip-hop star, and a Motown icon, will be recognized at this year’s Songs of Hope virtual gala.
Pop Smoke, who died at the age of 20 from gunshot wounds in a home invasion in 2020, will be honored with the Voice of Hope award, according to Variety. In July, Faith became his second posthumous #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. The five-time Billboard Music Award winner is also featured on “Tell the Vision” on Kanye West‘s new Donda album.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Smokey Robinson will receive the Clive Davis Legend in Songwriting award. Jimmy Jam will co-host the event, which will stream September 30 at 6:30 p.m. PT.
The Songs of Hope gala was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. In 2019, The-Dream received the Warner Chappell Music Beacon of Excellence award. SZA was honored with the inaugural She is the Music award in 2018.
The Songs of Hope gala raises money for the City of Hope’s mission to eliminate cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
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