Motown fans miffed by the NFL's choice of the Rolling Stones for Super Bowl halftime entertainment are getting at least some satisfaction: Stevie Wonder will perform during the pregame show at Ford Field.
Wonder will play three or four songs during the pregame show before the game on Feb. 5, Lori Lambert, vice president of strategic marketing for Universal Motown Records Group, told The Associated Press. Other artists, still to be announced, also will be featured in the pregame show, Lambert said. Wonder performed during halftime in 1999.
The NFL's announcement last week that the Rolling Stones would provide the halftime entertainment prompted an uproar in Detroit, the original home of Motown Records, which gave the world such artists as Wonder, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes and the Four Tops. More recent stars include Eminem and Kid Rock.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said it was always the league's intention to honor Motown in the pregame show. But halftime, he said, is bigger than Detroit, AP reports.