Motown: The Sound of Young America

Full set of Jackson 5 outfits. Photo by Rebecca Sapp, GRAMMY Museum.

September 23, 2022 – March 26, 2023

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A blend of gospel, blues, and pop, Motown began in Detroit in the late 1950s and quickly became “The Sound of Young America,” crashing the American pop charts and challenging the Beatles-led British Invasion. The visionary of Motown, Berry Gordy, Jr., a former prizefighter and songwriter who believed that talent could be found on nearly every Detroit streetcorner, brought the iconic sound into the mainstream. From Motown came the Supremes, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5, and many others. Collectively, they changed the musical direction of the nation.

Motown: The Sound of Young America is the story of the famed record company and its artists that began making music history more than a half century ago. Curated by the GRAMMY Museum®, the exhibition includes stage outfits from many of Motown’s top performers, such as the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Miracles, Boyz II Men, and the Supremes. The exhibition also features interviews with many Motown legends, letting visitors get deep inside the creative process perfected at Motown sixty years ago. Visitors will also experience interactive displays, including an opportunity to perform the Supremes’ “Stop! In The Name Of Love” on stage and learn the Temptations’ signature dance moves.

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