Motown is the legendary record company we have to thank for hitmakers such as Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and so many more (via Motown Museum). And we can also thank Motown for Wonder’s Grammy medley, including his duet with Chris Stapleton. According to Stereo Gum, the soulful Grammy performance was actually an extension of a recent MusiCares gala, where Motown founder and collaborator Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson were honored for their contributions.
And while it’s unclear where the decision to add Stapleton into the mix came from, it proved to be a great decision! Stapleton’s rich, soulful voice blended effortlessly with Wonder’s and took the song to a new level. Wonder and Stapleton didn’t just contribute perfect vocals, however. They also lent the performance their instrumental skills, with Wonder playing the keyboard and Stapleton playing his guitar, per The Tennessean, providing a memorable performance that won’t soon be forgotten.