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President Obama Bringing Motown to the White House

John Legend arrives at the 38th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, in Los Angeles. Getty

(CBS/AP) President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will mark Black History Month at the White House with a celebration of Motown music.

The White House says performers will include Smokey Robinson, Sheryl Crow and John Legend. The Feb. 24 event will be taped and broadcast on PBS March 1.

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This event will be the latest addition to the music series "In Performance at the White House." The Obamas have hosted musical tributes to several genres, including jazz, country and Broadway. Mrs. Obama often hosts daytime programs for students to educate them about the genres and encourage involvement in the arts.

Last year's celebration of Black History Month in the White House included performances by Yolanda Adams, Queen Latifah, Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.

Paul McCartney has also performed at one of those events, held in conjunction with the former Beatle being awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. In 2009, Stevie Wonder was honored with the same prize, and also was the subject of a concert at the White House.

Last October, Mr. Obama held an event celebrating Hispanic musical heritage. Stars and music groups in attendance inlcuded Gloria Estefan, George Lopez, Bacheta, Aventura, and Jose Feliciano. And in July, a number of Broadway stars including Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald and Brian d'Arcy James attended and performed.

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