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Posted at 2:15 PM ET, 02/16/2011

John Legend, Smokey Robinson and more to honor "Motown Sound" with White House concert

By David Malitz

john legendJohn Legend will pay tribute to the Motown sound at the White House. (Nick Kirkpatrick/TWP)

The White House announced today that The President and Mrs. Obama will host a concert "celebrating Motown's legacy," with performances by the likes of Smokey Robinson, John Legend, Sheryl Crow, Nick Jonas, Seal and Jamie Foxx, who will also serve as the evening's host. "The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House," will take place next Thursday, Feb. 24 and will be broadcast on PBS at on Tuesday, March 1 at 8 p.m.

Other performers include Natasha Bedingfield, Gloriana, Ledisi, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Jordin Sparks. A number of Motown legends are also scheduled to be in attendance.

It's been a pretty good year of concerts at the White House. Last February Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, John Mellencamp and more celebrated the Civil Rights movement. In June, Paul McCartney came to town to collect the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and the likes of Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, the Jonas Brothers, Jack White, Elvis Costello and more paid tribute with performances.

By David Malitz  | February 16, 2011; 2:15 PM ET
Categories:  Local news  | Tags:  Jamie Foxx, John Legend, Nick Jonas, Sheryl Crow, Smokey Robinson  
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