John Legend will pay tribute to Marvin Gaye Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. Backed by a 50-piece orchestra, he'll perform Gaye's iconic What's Going On album in is entirety.
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Calling it "an artistic masterpiece," Legend says the album was "a bold choice for an artist known primarily for his sweet love songs to make such provocative album with such a strong political message. But what made it so great was that it didn't come off too preachy. He was able to make this 'message' record that was still sensual and beautiful. It was still love music."
Though too young to have ever seen Gaye in concert, Legend considers Marvin to be "one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music." And he credits him as a major influence "in shaping my style as a singer and songwriter."
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