Motown TV special is mini-family reunion

April 7, 2004 at 1:11 PM

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson and the Four Tops are among the acts who have reunited to celebrate 45 years of Motown music in an upcoming U.S. TV special.

Lionel Richie and Cedric the Entertainer have co-hosted the ABC special titled "Motown 45," which is set to air in May, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

Some key Motown artists, including Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Rick James, were missing from the gathering, but the show still served as a mini-reunion with Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and Thelma Houston catching up with the Four Tops, Commodores and original Supremes Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong.

Highlights of the TV special included Brian McKnight and Macy Gray, in a tribute to the late Marvin Gaye, performing "What's Going On" and "Let's Get It On."

Ashford & Simpson took part in the grand finale, joining Michael McDonald, Knight, Robinson and newcomer Joss Stone to perform "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

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