Motown is Diana Ross -- first and foremost. The Queen of the label. After her, it's Smokey, then Marvin, then Stevie, the Temptations, the Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, the Four Tops and assorted others.
Motown is not now or ever Sheryl Crow. If you missed it, her album that's been out for about six months is not selling -- it did not sell a million copies, it did not sell a half million copies, it did not sell half-a-half million copies. The world is bored with Sheryl Crow and her I-can't-sing-voice. This is not a new development. She has never been a singer and she's never been that talented but for several albums now she's had no audience.
It's her own damn fault, she's a fake ass. So on that and only that ground, maybe she did belong up on stage, her voice croaking and cracking through "You've Really Got a Hold On Me"?
Nothing to do with Motown. Not only nothing to do with it, his style would land him on Stax not on Motown. Brian McKnight, by contrast? Motown. Brian McKnight wasn't on stage at the event.
A Jonas brother?
Those were the 'acts.'
That's not Motown. I don't know what the hell you think that is -- a bad high school talent show? -- but it's not Motown.
Motown actually stood for something and, even now, it is a milestone to African-Americans. Berry Gordy had a dream and brought together talented people behind the mikes and behind the scenes that took a small, never-heard-of-it label and made it one of the biggest labels of the 60s, one that provided much of the soundtrack for a decade.
That 'tribute' was embarrassing and insulting.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"