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'20 Feet From Stardom' backup singers Tata Vega, Merry Clayton take center stage in L.A. -- VIDEO

Former backup singers Tata Vega and Merry Clayton took center stage Monday night at an intimate soiree to celebrate the success of Morgan Neville’s Oscar-nominated music documentary 20 Feet From Stardom.

At Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz in Los Angeles, Neville gave a heartfelt speech about the journey of making the documentary, which tells the untold story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical acts of the 21st century. In a touching moment before the live music began, Neville thanked the late Gil Friesen, who had the original idea for the documentary and served as producer for the film before passing away in December of 2012.

Immediately following the short speech, Neville introduced Vega, who kicked off the night with a performance of Sam & Dave’s “Hold On (I’m Coming)” that was so energetic, the singer herself was left slightly out of breath. READ FULL STORY

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