BMI to honor Motown trio

Songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland to be feted in May

The songwriting team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland will be feted with a BMI Icon award at the music publishing org’s annual Pop Awards dinner in Beverly Hills next month.

The trio — widely hailed as the architects of the original Motown sound of the early 1960s — will be lauded for their “unique and indelible influences on generations of musicmakers,” according to BMI. Ceremony also will include a musical salute to their songwriting catalog.

Holland-Dozier-Holland have written such classic soul melodies as “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “(Reach Out) I’ll Be There” and “How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You,” working with acts like Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers.

The black-tie ceremony will be held May 13 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

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