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Video: Sheila E talks Ringo Starr, Michael Jackson at The Paley Honors Music on TV Gala

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Photo:  Paley Center
The Paley Center for Media honored classic artists of music at The Paley Honors: A Gala Tribute to Music on Television. The Paley Center contributed to the Music Collection in the Paley Archive.  

The event shared stories and images told by presenters representing both the music and television industries. The night’s participants included: Derek Hough, Adam Lambert, Nigel Lythgoe, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez, Gene Simmons, Michelle Williams, and Deborah Joy Winans. 

The event also paid tribute to the television work of music legends Sir Ringo Starr with an introduction by Sheila E., and Michael Jackson, whose tribute was led by Motown’s founder Berry Gordy.

“Television, and Ed Sullivan specifically, played such a major role in introducing The Beatles to America and to the world. It's hard to imagine now, but at the time we played Ed Sullivan over 70 million people watched," Sir Ringo Starr said when accepting his honor. "They said there was no crime while we were playing. How far out is that? I've always loved TV, I did a couple TV specials like Ognir Rrats and loved playing a tiny conductor on the ShiningTime station. I’m honored to be a part of this special tribute from the Paley Center, and highlighting the crucial role television has played for musicians and in the music industry.”

Also honored was Michael Jackson whose performances on television specials "Motown 25" and other events created some of television's biggest dance moments was honored by Motown founder Berry Gordy. 

“Michael Jackson reigns as the undisputed King of Pop not just because of his exceptional talent, but because he was able to package that talent in a whole new way," Gordy said. "In both form and content, Jackson simply did what no one had done before – pure magic mixed with unforgettable, transcendent performances.”

TVMusic Network was on hand at the event and spoke with Shelia E on the carpet. Click on the link to see what she had to say about Ringo Starr, Michael Jackson and her new album and more.

Check back with TVMusic Network for exclusive interviews from the event. 

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