By Adam Hetrick
01 Mar 2011
Recorded Feb. 24, the 60-minute concert was presented as part of Black History Month and celebrated the legacy of Motown and the artists who defined the soul-infused music.
Foxx ("Dreamgirls") hosted and performed alongside "Glee" cast members Riley and Salling, as well as "American Idol" contestant and In the Heights actress Jordin Sparks, Nick Jonas (Les Miserables), Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, the group Gloriana, Ledisi, John Legend, Smokey Robinson and Seal.
According to PBS, the tribute concert promises "stars from the Motown Records label's golden age and performances by artists of today who have been influenced by Motown and its powerful legacy. Celebrating a 50th anniversary last year, the Motown Records label was devised by music entrepreneur Berry Gordy and launched an historic cultural shift in the racial integration of popular music, with crossover hits and artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, The Four Tops and many others."