(Photo of Smokey Robinson courtesy of SiriusXM and the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix)(Photo of Smokey Robinson courtesy of SiriusXM and the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix)

Smokey Robinson named Grand Marshal of Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

Motown legend Smokey Robinson is returning to his roots by serving as the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Grand Marshal.

Organizers of the race, which starts next Friday, say the singer-songwriter will be honoured before the Chevrolet INDYCAR Grand Prix on Sunday, June 2. The race begins at 12:30 p.m. Robinson will participate in pre-race ceremonies, which will pay tribute to his career and its impact on the city.

Robinson, known as the "King of Motown," was the lead singer of The Miracles when he had his first million-selling hit in 1960, "Shop Around." His songwriting talents helped launch the careers of other acts, including The Temptations and Marvin Gay.

"We are thrilled to have a true Motown legend join us and serve as the Sunday Grand Marshal," said President of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Michael Montri. "Smokey Robinson is a music icon -- we can't wait to welcome Smokey back to Detroit."

The Grammy Award winner has a list of other awards and honours to his name, including a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, a BET Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Heritage Award at the 1991 Soul Train Music Awards.

Last fall, Robinson launched his channel on SiriusXM featuring Motown hits from the 60s and 70s.

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