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Motown 25 was a showcase for the highly anticipated reunion of the Supremes: Diana Ross, Mary Wilson (original member Florence Ballard had died in 1976), and Supremes replacement Cindy Birdsong. Four of their greatest hits were to be sung that night, including "Someday We'll Be Together", "Baby Love" and "Stop! In the Name of Love", however this reunion was cut short. Richard Pryor opened the segment with a fairy-tale story of 'three maidens from the Projects of Brewster' which was then followed with a montage of various Supremes' video clips. Diana then started down the center aisle of the auditorium with her hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".

When Ross finished, she made a brief speech about 'the night that everyone came back' (although, as stated above, some artists were not invited, and some had died). After the beginning chords of "Someday We'll Be Together", the svelte Wilson strutted on stage in a dazzling fire engine red sequin gown and was greeted by a thunderous applause which quickly upstaged Miss Ross. Ross became frustrated when Wilson and Birdsong did not drop back but moved with her as she walked closer to the edge of the stage. By this time Ross was so confused and bewildered that Wilson took over the lead vocals which prompted Ross to push her. A few moments later, Motown labelmates such as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and others quickly filled the stage for an impromptu finale. Although producer Suzanne de Passe had instructed Diana to introduce Berry Gordy after leading the finale, (a fact unknown to Mary) Wilson decided to do the honors, by calling Berry down herself. This led to Diana yelling at Mary "it's been taken care of". Wilson also made a brief tribute to Ballard, who Gordy had removed from the group years before. By the time the reunion aired on May 16, the Ross altercations had been excised from the special, but they were widely reported (including an article and pictures in Us Weekly), and the performance resulted in bad publicity for Ross.

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how much of what folks say about diana ross is true? [View all] , Joe Corn Mo, Sun Feb-10-13 07:46 PM
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What's the Motown 25 story?
Feb 10th 2013
she ran roughshot over mary wilson
Feb 10th 2013
      Looks like Mary was trying to upstage Diana
Feb 11th 2013
           or Mary was acting like 1/3 of the Supremes
Feb 11th 2013
           i liked the way you phrased that.
Feb 11th 2013
           i bet Mary would agree too.
Feb 11th 2013
Feb 11th 2013
           Nicely put.
Feb 12th 2013
           This is what Mary (and Cindy, she was in on it too) intended.
Feb 14th 2013
           Maaaan and there's no video of this????
Feb 11th 2013
                Google it.
Feb 11th 2013
                Saw it and yeah, they must have edited the hell out of it because I
Feb 11th 2013
                Yeah, locked deep - DEEP - within the de Passe Jones Ent. vaults
Feb 14th 2013
she was tough and held her own
Feb 10th 2013
B. Touch? The nigga in GD hating the holy out of The Wiz? epiphany.
Feb 11th 2013
I'm not hating on The Wiz. It's not a good film.
Feb 14th 2013
i believe much of it.
Feb 11th 2013
There was very little "someone else" when it came to Diana.
Feb 14th 2013
I remember hearing on one tour, they instructed all stage hands
Feb 11th 2013
I heard the same eye thing with Lauren Hill....
Feb 11th 2013
i've heard it for all major celebrities.
Feb 11th 2013
      SHIT.....I just remembered, even this celebrity who worked at E! with
Feb 11th 2013
           it's bullshit.
Feb 11th 2013
           no!!!!!!! not olivia munn
Feb 12th 2013
                Why's that so hard to believe?
Feb 12th 2013
                its not, but i like her doe
Feb 13th 2013
                She kind of looks like she can be a bitch though
Feb 12th 2013
Gordy and his then-new Creative Assistant, Suzanne de Passe
Feb 14th 2013
Call Her Miss Ross
Feb 11th 2013
that was foul.
Feb 12th 2013
Monique? @ 28 sec mark
Feb 14th 2013
RE: Call Her Miss Ross
Feb 14th 2013
Can someone explain what this video means?
Feb 14th 2013
Aside from the very nice acapella snatched from a Supremes
Feb 14th 2013
*pulls up to po(a)st in a Cadillac*
Feb 14th 2013
you rock.
Feb 15th 2013

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