Stevie Wonder, Chris Stapleton And Smokey Robinson Collaborate On Epic Motown-Inspired Performance At The Grammy’s

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What a trio.

Last night at the Grammy Awards, Chris Stapleton took the stage with Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson for a Motown-inspired medley, and was absolutely incredible, to say the least.

The performance was to honor Smokey and Berry Gordy for their MusiCares Persons of the Year award, and Stevie also sang the Temptations’ “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” then switched to play piano on Smokey’s song “Tears of a Clown,” where he was joined by the legend himself, the aforementioned Smokey Robinson.

They ran through those two songs, before Chris joined in for the final portion of the medley to sing on Stevie’s hit “Higher Ground.”

Stevie was backed by a full band and the R&B group WanMore, and they had the entire crowd on their feet and clearly enjoying every minute of the kickass performance.

Actually, I’m pretty sure they almost blew the damn roof clean off the building…

Although most of the crowd was super into it, and I truly don’t know how you couldn’t have been if you were there in person, a certain Ben Affleck was not too amused in the least bit…

Flava Flav, on the other hand, was living for it:

Chris is already an eight-time Grammy winner, and this year, was nominated in the Best Country Song for “I’ll Love You Till The Day I Die,” which he wrote with Rodney Crowell and was recorded by Willie Nelson on his Grammy-nominated album, A Beautiful Time, though the award ultimately went to Cody Johnson for “‘Til You Can’t.”

In addition to this performance, Chris is taking on national anthem duties at Super Bowl 57 this weekend, and is gearing up to hit the road for his All American Road Show tour this spring and summer.

2023 All American Road Show tour dates:

March 16—Houston, TX—RodeoHouston
March 17—Durant, OK—Choctaw Grand Theater
March 18—Durant, OK—Choctaw Grand Theater
April 26—El Paso, TX—UTEP Don Haskins Center*
April 27—Albuquerque, NM—Isleta Amphitheater*
April 29—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl – Willie Nelson’s 90th Birthday
April 30—Indio, CA—Stagecoach
May 6—Glendale, AZ—State Farm Stadium†
May 27—Columbus, OH—Buckeye Country Superfest
June 1—Moline, IL—Vibrant Arena at The MARK‡
June 2—Grand Rapids, MI—Van Andel Arena‡
June 3—Milwaukee, WI—American Family Field†
June 8—Syracuse, NY—St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview+
June 9—Mansfield, MA—Xfinity Center+
June 15—Spokane, WA—Spokane Arena§
June 16—Bend, OR—Hayden Homes Amphitheater§
June 17—Seattle, WA—Lumen Field†
June 22—Des Moines, IA—Wells Fargo Arena§
June 23—Wichita, KS—INTRUST Bank Arena§
June 24—Denver, CO—Empower Field at Mile High†
July 6—Bangor, ME—Maine Savings Amphitheater§
July 8—Cavendish, PEI—Cavendish Beach Music Festival
July 13—Charleston, SC—Credit One Stadium#
July 14—Virginia Beach, VA—Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater#
July 15—Baltimore, MD—CFG Bank Arena#
July 19—Omaha, NE—CHI Health Center**
July 20—St. Louis, MO—Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre**
July 21-22—Cullman, AL—Rock the South
July 28—Nashville, TN—Nissan Stadium†
July 29—Nashville, TN—Nissan Stadium†
August 5—Tampa, FL—Raymond James Stadium†
August 10—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion**
August 11—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion**
August 17—Toronto, ON—Budweiser Stage‡
August 19—Montreal, QC—Lasso Festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau
August 25—Alpharetta, GA—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre††

*with special guests Margo Price and Nikki Lane
†with George Strait and special guests Little Big Town
‡with special guests Marcus King and The War and Treaty
+with special guests Charley Crockett and The War and Treaty
§with special guests Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and Allen Stone
#with special guests Margo Price and Allen Stone
**with special guests Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and The War and Treaty
††with special guests Marcus King and Allen Stone

“Higher Ground”

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock