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Smokey Robinson cancels Julep Ball appearance

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Smokey Robinson was on the Mint Julep Ball Guest List, but his appearance was canceled. Smokey Robinson was on the Mint Julep Ball Guest List, but his appearance was canceled.
After 35 years and over 20 million albums into their career, the B52s are still jamming. And they're on the celebrity roster of this year's Mint Julep Ball. After 35 years and over 20 million albums into their career, the B52s are still jamming. And they're on the celebrity roster of this year's Mint Julep Ball.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Organizers for The Julep Ball announced late Thursday that management representatives for Smokey Robinson have canceled his participation with The Julep Ball, saying the decision has been made for Robinson to attend another event on Friday evening.

Known as the "Derby Eve Party with a Purpose," The Julep Ball is held annually on the evening before the Kentucky Derby and supports the work of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville. The event kicks off with a 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception, followed by dinner and a live auction at 8 p.m.  Sony recording artist Angie Johnson will open the evening's entertainment at 9 p.m., followed by the World's Greatest Party Band, the B-52s. Dancing to music provided by DJ Ryan Foxx follows.

The event's full-evening tickets are sold out while the more plentiful, but going quickly, dance-only tickets are $150 per person. Dance-only tickets allow patrons to see the performances by Johnson and the B-52s and then enjoy the dancing. For further information and to buy tickets, go to The Julep Ball website,

Robinson was not scheduled to perform at the Julep Ball, but was slated to walk the red carpet before enjoying the evening's festivities, which still include a roster of celebrities taken from cinema, television, music and sports.

The B-52s, who will turn the Yum Center into the "Love Shack"!

Conrad Bachman, film and television actor and founder of Louisville's International Festival of Film

Tiki Barber, NFL legend, former New York Giant, now CBS Sports Radio broadcaster

Big Brother 14 Cast with…

Mike Malin

Ashley Iocco

Janelle Pierzina

Frank Eudy

And Louisville's favorite housemate, Wil Heuser

Dr. Jeff Bumpous, the 2013 James Graham Brown Cancer Center Physician of the Year

Dr. Brad Chaires, the 2013 James Graham Brown Cancer Center Scientist of the Year

Claudia Coffey, Emmy-winning reporter/anchor at WHAS11 News

Gunnar Deatherage, Louisville's own who made his mark on "Project Runway," Seasons 9 and 10

Stephanie Decker, survivor of the 2012 Henryville tornadoes whose inspiring story has been featured on "Ellen," "Good Morning America" and more

Heather French Henry, fashion designer, Miss America 2000 and the creator of the gown worn at the Ball by Asia Ludlow, the 2013 Julep Ball Survivor Ambassador

Angie Johnson, Sony singer/songwriter; you know her from Team Cee-Lo on "The Voice"

The Kentucky Derby Royal Court, five accomplished college students representing our city and state with grace and charm

Carson Kressley, Emmy-winning television star for "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," stylist, author and fashion designer

Asia Ludlow, the 2013 Julep Ball Survivor Ambassador who has beaten cancer once and is showing us all how to face it once again with courage and hope

Dr. Donald Miller, the director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at UofL

Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

President James R. Ramsey of the University of Louisville

Keith Robinson, actor and singer; he was outstanding in "Dreamgirls"

Jai Rodriguez, actor, singer, dancer and culture guide on the Emmy-winning "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"

J.D. Shelburne, Nashville recording artist known for his single, "Farmboy"

Christian Siriano, the oh-so-fierce winning fashion designer of "Project Runway," Season 4

About Smokey Robinson

Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America's "greatest living poet," Robinson's career spans over four decades of hits. He has received the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock ‘n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

Born and raised in Detroit, Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. The group was Berry Gordy's first vocal group, and it was at Robinson's suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Record dynasty. Their single of Robinson's "Shop Around" became Motown's first No. 1 hit on the R&B singles chart. In the years following, Robinson continued to pen hits for the group including "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "Ooo Baby Baby," "The Tracks of My Tears," "Going to a Go-Go," "More Love," "Tears of a Clown" (co-written with Stevie Wonder), and "I Second That Emotion."

He later turned to a solo career where he continued his tradition of hitmaking with "Just to See Her," "Quiet Storm," "Cruisin'," and "Being with You," among others.

He remained vice president of Motown Records until the sale of the company in 1988, shaping the label's success with his friend and mentor, Gordy. Following his tenure at Motown, he has continued his impressive touring career and released several successful solo albums. During the course of his 50-year career in music, Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric.

The Julep Ball is sponsored in part by Brown-Forman, Power Creative, Kroger, LG&E, Ingrid Design, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, The Event Company, KentuckyOne Health, Raymond E. and Eleanor H. Loyd, Republic National Distributing Company of Kentucky, University of Louisville Hospital, AT&T Kentucky, Blue Grass Motorsport, BKD, Crothall Healthcare, Dixie Properties, Heuser Clinic, Hilliard Lyons, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Montgomery Chevrolet, Republic Bank, Stites and Harbison and Wyatt Tarrant & Combs. Media partners are Louisville Magazine, NFocus, the Voice-Tribune, WHAS11 and 102.3 The Max.

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