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Motown: The Sound Of Young America

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Motown: The Sound
Of Young America
On Display
May 21 - Winter 2021
HOURS FRI-SUN: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM
MON-THURS: CLOSED
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Motown: The Sound Of Young America traces the evolution of the label, focusing on its major artists and musical achievements, and explores how the sound of Motown continues to influence some of pop music’s most important artists today. In addition to stage outfits from many of Motown’s top performers, such as The Temptations, the Four Tops, the Miracles, and The Supremes, the exhibition also includes exclusive interviews with many Motown legends, letting visitors get deep inside the creative process perfected at Motown 60 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.


We’re honored that the GRAMMY Museum is bringing this vital exhibit to Los Angeles. In the past 60 years, Motown has repeatedly proved itself as a galvanizing musical and cultural force, amplifying the voice of Young America. Providing a firsthand view of the development of artists like Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, NE-YO, Lil Baby and MIGOS will, I hope, spark the dreams of a new generation.

– Ethiopia Habtemariam, Chairman/Ceo Of Motown Records And President Of Urban Music/Co-Head Of Creative At Universal Publishing Music Group.



Exhibit highlights include:

  • Berry Gordy’s $800 loan contract (facsimile) used to start the Motown record label
  • “Butterfly” gowns worn by the Supremes
  • Harmonica and keyboard played by Stevie Wonder
  • Ray Parker Jr.’s Gretsch guitar
  • Recording Academy Hall Of Fame Awards for the Miracles
  • Full set of Jackson 5 outfits
  • Full set of Boyz II Men outfits
  • Full set of The Four Tops outfits
  • Full set of The Temptations outfits
  • Blazers from MIGOS’ “Stir Fry” music video