The White House celebrated the music of Motown Records yesterday with a special concert featuring Motown legends Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson as well as contemporary stars such as Jamie Foxx, Sheryl Crow and Nick Jonas. President Obama held the event as part of an ongoing celebration of Black History Month. Obama referred to Motown's music as "the soundtrack of the civil rights era."
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The concert kicked off with a medley featuring "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "The Way You Do the Things You Do" performed by Foxx, Jonas, John Legend and Seal. Legend also performed Marvin Gaye's hit "Heard It Through the Grapevine," and Natasha Bedingfield, Jordin Sparks and jazz singer Ledisi teamed up for a rendition of the Supremes' "Stop! In the Name of Love."
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Wonder and Robinson performed near the end of the program. Crow joined Robinson for a duet on his classic "You've Really Got a Hold On Me," and Wonder closed out the event with "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" and "Dancing in the Street."
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