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Motown getting Grammy Awards salute next month

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Aretha Franklin isn't the only Detroit icon being saluted by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Awards this month.

Billboard reports that on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles, two days after the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, an all-star concert saluting Motown Records and its 60th anniversary will be staged in Los Angeles and filmed for broadcast later this year. The show follows Grammy tributes to Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, the Bee Gees and, on Jan. 13, Franklin, who was feted by Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Common, John Legend, Motown icon Smokey Robinson, Detroit gospel singer Bebe Winans and others.

A formal announcement about the Motown special is expected soon.

The Franklin show will be broadcast on March 10 on CBS (WWJ-TV, Channel 62 in Detroit.

Detroit's Motown Museum recently launched an exhibit of previously unseen artifacts related to the $800 loan Berry Gordy Jr. received from his family on Jan. 12, 1959 to start the company -- originally as Tamla Records before he incorporated the Motown name on April 14, 1960. Gordy's first release was Marv Johnson's "Come To Me," distributed nationally via United Artists.

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