Tribute to the Four Tops (2009)
With Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo, Smokey Robinson and Abdul "Duke" Fakir
The 51st Grammy Awards were bittersweet for Abdul "Duke" Fakir, the sole surviving member of the Four Tops. The Motown quartet was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, which Fakir accepted on behalf of his late bandmates. Despite 20 Top 40 hits and a career spanning more than six decades, Grammy recognition was the only honor that had remained elusive for the group. "To me, this is greater than one Grammy, [or] two or three," he said before the ceremony. "It says for your life … you've done well. I just wish the guys were here to accept that."
To perform a medley of the Tops' biggest hits, Fakir enlisted the help of fellow Motown cohort Smokey Robinson, as well as (relative) R&B newbies Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo. The new foursome did the originals proud, with Fakir sounding as strong and pure as he did in his Sixties prime.