A new concert special celebrating 60 years of music by the historic American record label Motown Records will air Sunday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. on WVLT (CBS). Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and Smokey Robinson, "Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration" will pay tribute to the iconic sound that changed America with performances by Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and many more.
The live concert was filmed Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. While backstage during the concert, many of the artists talked about what "Motown 60" means to them.
"It's an incredible night," said Robinson. "It's the Motown legacy and I'm glad to be living it."
Recording artist Ne-Yo says he owes a lot to Motown. "These songs definitely hold a very special place in my heart. If not for Motown, there would be no Ne-Yo. I learned what music was through Motown."
"In the group I'm doing, called 'Ladies of Motown,' there's some young singers in there, like Fantasia, Meghan Trainor, Tori Kelly," remarked Thelma Houston, who toured with the Four Tops, Temptations and Smokey Robinson. "[I'm] very excited to see young people embrace that music."
Trainor says she's impressed with Motown's longevity. "I just love how Motown is so timeless. Every generation can relate to it and it's so catchy."
Legendary producer/songwriter Mickey Stevenson agrees. "When we did the Motown 25, I said, 'Oh, this is great.' Then we did Motown 45. Now we're doing the Motown 60. I'll take twenty more years of this!"
The tribute to the iconic sound that changed America will also feature Boyz II Men, Chloe X Halle, Ciara, Lamont Dozier, Brian & Eddie Holland, Little Big Town, Pentatonix, Martha Reeves and Diana Ross. "Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration" will be broadcast Sunday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. on WVLT.