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Grammys' Motown tribute performers announced

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

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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A corps of Motown legends -- including Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Marth Reeves -- will be part of the "Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration" concert taking place next week in Los Angeles.

The show, celebrating the iconic Detroit label's 60th anniversary, takes place Tuesday, Feb. 12 and will be filmed for broadcast during April on CBS (WWJ-TV, Channel 62 in Detroit).

Robinson will co-host the event with Cedric the Entertainer, and other Motown alumni on the bill include Thelma Houston, Valerie Simpson, Mickey Stevenson, Lamont Dozier, Brian and Eddie Holland, and Boyz II Men. They'll be joined by contemporary stars such as John Legend, Pentatonix, Little Big Town, Tori Kelly, Fantasia, Ciara, Chloe X Halle and Ne-Yo.

The concert is part of a series of Grammy tributes to artists such as the Wonder, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, the Bee Gees and Elton John. A tribute to the late Aretha Franklin was filmed in Los Angeles during January and is slated to air March 10 on CBS.

Ross will make a special 75th birthday appearance on the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10. Jennifer Lopez has been tapped to perform a Motown tribute during the show, although social media reaction has slammed the choice as inappropriate, especially during Black History Month.

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