Last night the Grammy Museum aired a special tribute that honored the life and work of the late Mary Wilson, ahead of what would have been her 77th birthday. The event, which was captured March 4 at the museum in Los Angeles, was hosted by Wilson’s daughter, Turkessa Babich, and featured appearances by Stevie Wonder, Janie Bradford and Brian and Eddie Holland, among other legendary Motown names. Many of Wilson’s close friends also joined in from a distance, to share memories in touching video messages, including members of temptationsDionne Warwick and The Pointer Sisters.
The full event is currently available to stream, for free, through the Grammy Museum website.
Wilson rose to fame as a co-founder and member of The Supremes in the 1960s, and would go on to earn 12 US No. 1 pop singles with the group. After the Supremes disbanded in 1977, Wilson also became known as a solo artist, New York Times best-selling author and advocate for various causes, including performers’ rights. Prior to his sudden passing at the age of 76 last yearWilson had also won a new generation of fans as a contestant on Dancing with the stars.
“People say I’ve been busy lately, but I do this all the time” the hardworking artist said uDiscover in 2019. “It’s just that now people know it. I’ve been busy like this for the past 45 years, but now, with social media, people know what artists like me are up to. There are so many artists working, working, working, but you never hear from them, because radio isn’t what it used to be.
A compilation of Wilson’s discography, The Motown Anthology, was released last Friday, honoring the artist’s enduring musical legacy. Available on a two-disc CD or digitally, the first-ever collection of his work includes live performances, new mixes and previously unreleased songs. The physical version also includes a 44-page booklet, with rare photos and detailed track-by-track annotations.