Category: Teena Marie

All Hail the (Ivory) Queen: Five of Teena Marie's finest videos in advance of Grammy Museum tribute

Last December, Teena Marie passed away at the age of 54. At the time, Reed Johnson of The Times wrote this tribute to the R&B star and protegee of Rick James. On Tuesday night, the Grammy Museum will honor the singer born Mary Brockert with "Wild and Peaceful: a Tribute to Teena Marie." The evening will feature a panel with R&B singer Lalah Hathaway, keyboardist George Duke, singer-songwriter Shanice Wilson, music director Doug Grigsby, songwriter Scott Galloway and Teena Marie's daughter Alia Rose. Hathaway and Wilson, along with other special guests, are expected to  perform.

In advance of the tribute, here's a video memorial featuring some of the Santa Monica-raised singer's finest moments.

Teena Marie - "The Lovergirl"

Teena Marie's biggest hit arrived at a time when her career seemed to be at a low ebb. Following the general disappointment that was "Robbery," 1984's "Lovergirl" found Marie strapping on a guitar and delivering some fierce guitar shredding (well, at least she did a mean air guitar in the video). Then as now, pop singers were expected to rely on outside songwriting and production assistance, but like most of her material recorded after 1980, she was the writer, producer and performer.

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