Two days after this years biggest night in music, on February 12th the Grammys will tape a salute in Los Angeles to the legendary Motown Records, as the legendary Detroit-born record company celebrates its 60th anniversary.
The special will follow last year’s salute, that honored Elton John, while previous efforts have paid homage to Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and the Bee Gees. This year’s tribute, which does not yet have an air date, comes 35 years after the landmark Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever NBC television special, that featured Michael Jackson performing his patented moonwalk while singing “Billie Jean”. A two-part 40th-anniversary special, Motown 40: The Music Is Forever, aired on ABC in 1998.
Commemorating the birthplace of such iconic artists as Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder on Saturday, the Motown Museum in Detroit, where Berry Gordy Jr. launched the label, began a three-week exhibit featuring never-before-seen artifacts from Hitsville’s early days.
Offers for performers to speak on the occasion are being extended now. In the past, the participating artists have included, but not been limited to, a number of the year’s Grammy nominees.