Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Motown Celebrated At The White House


1||February 25, 2011: Motown legends and contemporary musicians came to the White House for a panel discussion on the famed record label, followed by a concert.

John Legend, Jamie Foxx and Nick Jonas performed together. || Roger L. Wollenberg – Pool via CNP/Newscom&&

2||John Legend sang during the concert portion, called “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House.” ||Roger L. Wollenberg – Pool via CNP/Newscom&&

3||President Obama spoke before the concert got underway. ||Roger L. Wollenberg – Pool via CNP/Newscom&&

4||Earlier in the day, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy discussed Motown’s legacy with the Grammy Museum’s Executive Director Bob Santelli. || mv2/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

5||Smokey Robinson, a successful solo artist as well as a former member of The Miracles, and Berry Gordy. ||mv2/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

6||John Legend.||ROGER L. WOLLENBERG/UPI/Newscom&&

7||Jamie Foxx tried to convince President Obama to dance. ||WASHINGTON POOL/SIPA/Newscom&&

8||Seal, John Legend, Jamie Foxx and Nick Jonas (L to R) performed together. ||Roger L. Wollenberg – Pool via CNP/Newscom&&

9||||Roger L. Wollenberg – Pool via CNP/Newscom&&

10||Nick Jonas ||WASHINGTON POOL/SIPA/Newscom&&

11||Students from California, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington, D.C. were invited to the afternoon event, called “The Sound of Young America: The History of Motown.” ||mv2/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

12||First lady Michelle Obama introduced the guests. || FABIANO/SIPA/Newscom&&

13||Seal performed at the White House, with President Obama seated in the front row. || Roger L. Wollenberg/ABACAUSA.COM/Newscom&&

14||John Legend ||FABIANO/SIPA/Newscom&&

15||John Legend, Smokey Robinson, and Berry Gordy ||FABIANO/SIPA/Newscom&&

16||John Legend outside the White House. ||FABIANO/SIPA/Newscom&&