Levi Stubbs is MY MAN. You don't know how hard it is for me to pick a favorite song of all time, but the Four Tops' "Bernadette" is unequivocally IT. And to see him being honored on this program (and by the remaining Tops) meant a lot. I only just found out that he had suffered a stroke a few years ago and is still recovering. I'm just so glad he could attend the show!
The absolute show stopper for me was the archival footage of Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye doing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". Oh my god, Tammi was SO gorgeous -- she's the goddess of soul!!! Such a pure (but edgy) voice...and I loved how Marvin's voice was getting rougher here (a bit like Levi!). I can't believe Tammi was only 24 when she died (not to mention Marvin's premature exit). What a crime.