Martha Reeves to Receive Governor's Fitness Award
Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports have created the Remarkable Women Award to honor Motown legend, Martha Reeves for her steadfast contribution to music, advocacy and community service.
Martha Reeves has been named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "Immortal" artists, has loads of hit records, has sold millions of records worldwide, has multiple Grammy Awards, and has been inducted to the Blues, Soul and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame. Written by Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter and William "Mickey" Stevenson, her hit song "Dancing in the Street" became a signature song for Motown Records and a trademark song for Reeves. Reeves shares "The words are very simple: Marvin Gaye wanted everybody to dance in the street, to rejoice and have a very good time. It was a hot, #1 hit, and it spread love all over the world. When you play it today, people get up and do what? Dance!" The song has been entered into the Library of Congress Registry of Historical Recordings and into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Moving beyond the concert stage, Reeves starred in the Tony-winning "Ain't Misbehavin'"
Reeves will be presented with the Remarkable Woman Award, perform the National Anthem and one of her iconic hits at the GFA gala at MGM Grand Detroit on Thursday, April 25. The gala is open to all, and tickets are available at www.michiganfitness.org/