Chris Tucker to host Marian Anderson Award for Berry Gordy

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FILE - This Feb. 23, 2013 file photo shows actor Chris Tucker speaking onstage at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. announced Tuesday, April 16, that the comedian-actor will host the show June 30 from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Tucker is riding high off of his supportive role in the Oscar-nominated film "Silver Linings Playbook," which starred Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The 41-year-old is best known for his starring in the "Rush Hour" film franchise opposite Jackie Chan. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)

Comedian Chris Tucker will host the Marian Anderson Award gala this year, honoring Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. Tucker is no stranger to Philly after filming "Silver Linings Playbook" in the area.

To send Gordy up in style, Boyz II Men, Kool and the Gang and "The Lion King" actor Cody Wise (who hails from Philly), will perform for the legendary record exec. In addition, Smokey Robinson and "Sound of Philadelphians" Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will pay tribute.

The gala takes place on Tue., Nov. 19 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased here or by calling 215-893-1999.

The Marian Anderson Award is given to "artists and individuals whose body of work has improved the world beyond the power to entertain." Past recipients include James Earl Jones, Bill Cosby and Richard Gere (who will return to Philly next month when he starts filming "Franny.")