Photo Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBS
Photo Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBS

Motown’s distinctive sound rings with the joy of eternal youth. But a poignancy underlies the latest star-filled salute to the label-cum-genre, Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration.

Unlike in 1983, when the epochal Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever revived label stars and supercharged Michael Jackson’s career — or even in 1998, with the documentary Motown 40 — today’s pool of classic ’60s performers is greatly diminished: no Michael, no Marvin Gaye, no Four Tops, just one original Temptation. 

The hardy survivors remain touring powerhouses, though. Expect big contributions from Smokey Robinson, 79, who cohosts with Cedric the Entertainer and sings a medley; Diana Ross, 75; and Stevie Wonder, 68.

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