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Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, Jon Batiste Perform 2024 Grammys In Memoriam – Billboard


Stevie Surprise, Annie Lennox and Jon Batiste have been amongst these honoring the lives and careers of late music icons in the course of the Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 4) in Los Angeles.

Surprise honored the late, legendary performer Tony Bennett, who died July 21, 2023, at age 96. Surprise carried out “The Finest Is But to Come,” in addition to “For As soon as in My Life,” the latter as a “duet” with Bennett, with footage of the late artist acting on a giant display screen. Bennett recorded “For As soon as in My Life” in 1967, with Surprise’s model of the track releasing in 1968.

Surprise celebrated Bennett’s “love for artwork, his love for peace, his love for unity, his love for civil rights.” He added, “Tony, I’m going to overlook you ceaselessly.”

Lennox teamed with duo Wendy & Lisa to fete the late Sinead O’Connor with a rendition of her hit “Nothing Compares 2 You.” Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman have been a part of Prince’s band The Revolution (the late Prince wrote “Nothing Compares 2 U”). Lennox ended her efficiency by calling for a ceasefire and asking for world peace, one other nod to O’Connor’s personal activism. The Irish singer-songwriter died on July 26, 2023, at age 56.

As every musician carried out, the names and pictures of quite a few artists, songwriters, performers and music executives who handed away prior to now 12 months scrolled throughout screens, because the Grammys honored Jimmy Buffett, Chita Rivera, Burt Bacharach, songwriter Cynthia Weil, rapper Magoo, in addition to executives together with nation music radio govt Charlie Monk, A&M Data co-founder Jerry Moss, Sire Data’ Seymour Stein and extra.

Lenny Kravitz appeared to honor Clarence Avant, often known as “The Godfather of Black Music,” who died in August 2023 at age 92. Avant performed key roles in labels together with Enterprise Data and Sussex Data, and managed artists together with Little Willie John and Jimmy Smith. Kravitz known as Avant “a trusted mentor and believer within the likes of Quincy Jones and Invoice Withers, simply to call just a few.”

The In Memoriam part continued as Batiste joined with Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Ann Nesby and Cory Henry for a soulful, uplifting efficiency that included “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me” and “Optimistic,” that includes soul-searing vocals from Nesby. Later within the night, Fantasia Barrino and Oprah Winfrey feted late entertainer Tina Turner.

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