Kacey Musgraves, Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood, Bonnie Raitt, Maverick City Music and Quavo all paid tribute to the music legends we missed this year at the 65th Grammy Awards Sunday night.
As part of the ceremony’s annual In Memoriam segment, Musgraves honored country music queen Loretta Lynn by singing a moving rendition of her 1970 autobiographical hit “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” As she strummed her guitar amid a bed of flowers, snapshots of stars including Naomi Judd, Olivia Newton-John and Jeff Beck played on the screen behind her.
Atlanta-based worship collective Maverick City Music then joined Migos rapper Quavo as he paid tribute to his late nephew and bandmate Takeoff with a performance of his latest single, “Without You.” Wear a the Phantom of the OperaMask-esque, Quavo sang into a lone microphone holding the Takeoff chain. During her performance, the Academy also remembered the late Irene Cara, Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss and Hurricane G.
Christopher Polk/Variety via Getty Images Quavo performing at the 2023 Grammy Awards.
And, on a separate stage, Raitt and Crow joined Fleetwood in remembering his late Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie with a soaring performance of “Songbird,” which McVie wrote for the band’s 1977 album Voices. While Fleetwood played a single drum, Crow could be seen accompanying him on piano and singing along with Raitt on the beloved single. Tributes to Lisa Marie Presley, David Crosby, Tom Verlaine, Fred White and others were featured on screen and between performances.
Country superstar Lynn, known for chart-topping hits like 1967’s “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” and 1968’s “Fist City,” has died at the age of 90. years on October 4th. her six-decade music career, she has released 60 albums and won three Grammy awards. In 2010, the Recording Academy presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and three years later President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her life was immortalized in the 1980 film The coal miner’s daughterstarring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones.
A true songbird, McVie passed away at the age of 79 on Nov. 30. The songwriter and keyboardist joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970 and went on to pen some of the band’s biggest hits, including “Don’t Stop,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “Little Lies,” and “Everywhere.” As a member of the group, McVie won two Grammys, including Album of the Year for the band’s 1977 masterpiece, Voices – and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Rap phenomenon Takeoff, a member of the beloved hip-hop group Migos, died at the age of 28 on Nov. 1. Born Kirshnik Khari Ball, Takeoff began performing with Quavo, his uncle, and Offset, Quavo’s cousin, in 2008. Under the name Migos, the trio released a collection of hit singles that propelled them to stardom, including 2013’s “Versace” and 2016’s “Bad and Boujee.” Takeoff received two Grammy nominations as a member of Migos in 2018.
The 65th Grammy Awards was broadcast live on CBS from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
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