Now, THIS is more like it!
After much of social media had a fit upon hearing that Jennifer Lopez was going to take part in a Motown tribute at this Sunday’s GRAMMY Awards, we can finally breathe a little easier. Turns out, there’s going to be a larger tribute in store, honoring the label’s 60th anniversary!
Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration is set to be taped two days after the awards show, February 12th, and it will feature several of our favorite Motown icons. Detroit Free Press reports that Smokey Robinson will co-host the event with comedian Cedric The Entertainer. Robinson will also perform, along with fellow Motown artists Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and Boyz II Men. Other performers include Ne-Yo, Fantasia, Tori Kelly, Pentatonix, and more.
The special, which is set to air Easter Sunday (April 21) on CBS, is one of two Detroit-related GRAMMY specials that The Recording Academy has in the works. A tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was taped last month. That special is set to air in March.
To get ready for this tribute, check out the above clip from Oprah’s Master Class on how Motown’s founder, Barry Gordy, started the label!