Nick Jonas performs "Can't Help Myself" by The Four Tops at "The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House," a musical tribute held in celebration of Black History Month, Feb. 24, 2011.
"The Motown Sound - In Performance at the White House" is a concert hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to celebrate Black History Month with a tribute to the legendary Motown Sound. Hosted by the President and First Lady, the concert pays tribute to Motown's fifty year legacy and its distinctive soul-infused pop music sound that solidified its popularity in American culture and influenced American music.
The all-star tribute includes 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. Performers include Smokey Robinson, Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Gloriana, Nick Jonas, Ledisi, John Legend, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Seal and Jordin Sparks with Greg Phillinganes as the night's music director.
As part of the program, the First Lady also hosted high school students from around the country for an educational workshop on the history of Motown. Taught by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli, "The Sound of Young America" gave students an overview of the history of Motown music and outlined the importance the genre had in the integration of African-American artists onto the pop charts. Introduced by the First Lady and moderated by Santelli, the program will also featured Motown founder Berry Gordy and musical legend Smokey Robinson.
"In Performance at the White House" is a series of events created to showcase the music that has contributed to the fabric of American culture and chronicled the history of its people, performed in the setting of the nation's most famous home.
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