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Motown stars hit a high note at birthday concert

April 5, 2004
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A roll-call of musical legends turned on the style in Los Angeles at the weekend, when Motown celebrated its 45th birthday with a lavish party.

Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland, who set the flashbulbs blazing with a daringly low-cut silver gown, joined Cindy Birdsong and Mary Wilson of The Supremes for a tribute to the legendary band. And the svelte singer took to the stage again later in the show, to perform the track Endless Love with Commodores frontman Lionel Richie.

"Motown 45" was staged to celebrate the many enduring hits that have come from the Detroit music factory over the years. The evening's biggest round of applause went to renowned diva Gladys Knight, when she raised the roof at the Shrine Auditorium with her renditions of Neither One Of Us and Heard It Through The Grapevine.

Other big names at the bash included Macy Gray, who sported a smart waistcoat and bow tie for the evening, and chart-topping fivesome the Backstreet Boys. Notable by his absence was Justin Timberlake, who was expected to host the event. The former N'Sync star said scheduling conflicts made it impossible for him to come along, but Lionel Richie was there to take over his duties.

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Kelly Rowland, who wore a glittering silver gown to the event, showed off her vocal talents alongside The Supremesy
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Lionel Richie stepped into the breach after Justin Timberlake was forced to pull out of the event. The Commodores frontman recieved some able support from co-host Cedric The Entertainer

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