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>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motown_25:_Yesterday,_Today,_Forever#The_Supremes > >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.