Tonight, Oct. 16, the Recording Academy celebrated the lifelong contributions of an extremely gifted, prolific group of artists and music professionals throughout Great Performances: GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends. These celebrated included musical icons and 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Chicago, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Iggy Pop, John Prine, Public Enemy and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. However that is not all!
Longtime GRAMMY Awards present producer Ken Ehrlich, GRAMMY-winning movie composer Philip Glass and music govt Frank Walker additionally obtained heat honors because the 2020 Trustees Award winners. Studio speaker pioneer George Augspurger was acknowledged with the Technical GRAMMY Award and center faculty band instructor Mickey Smith Jr. gained this 12 months’s Music Educator Award.
The particular, hosted by the golden-voiced Jimmy Jam, additionally featured appearances from Brandi Carlile, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom, Jr., Chris Isaak, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Cyndi Lauper, Earth, Wind & Fire‘s Philip Bailey, Sam & Dave‘s Sam Moore, Yola and Laurie Anderson, who every introduced the honorees’ music to life with shifting tribute performances.
The stellar performances and speeches have been filmed safely from a number of places, marking the primary time the GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends has not been filmed in entrance of a reside viewers. Despite the constraints, the unforgettable music and legacies of each honoree stuffed this system with loads of shimmer, pleasure and emotion. As Jam mentioned throughout his opening section, “Music is a supply of solace and energy.” Learn on for a recap of the night:
First as much as carry out was Nigerian-British GRAMMY, Tony and Emmy successful actor/singer Erivo, paying musical tribute to four-time GRAMMY-winning soul icon Flack. Erivo delivered a shocking, heartwrenching serenade of 1973 GRAMMYs Document Of The 12 months, “The First Time Ever I Noticed Your Face.” The tender love music was featured in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 film, Play Misty For Me, and gave the singer a wider fanbase.
“Roberta as soon as mentioned, ‘See each alternative as golden and preserve your eyes on the prize, yours, not anyone else’s,'” Erivo mentioned earlier than introducing her duet associate for the following music, fellow actor/singer and Flack fan, Odom, Jr. (of Hamilton fame).
The pair then sang one other of Flack’s GRAMMY-winning classics, “The place Is The Love,” from the 1972 duet album with Donny Hathaway. Erivo and Odom, Jr. supplied soul and chemistry—socially distanced, after all—from the well-known Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. in Hollywood, Calif.
“Music is all the pieces to me,” Flack mentioned throughout her acceptance speech. “Thanks for letting me into your hearts, and permitting my music or not it’s part of you. Collectively we have now shared life’s triumphs, sorrows, joys and goals. All of it issues, every story in every coronary heart. Problem your self to by no means hand over.”
Powerhouse singer Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fireplace—who took house their very own Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2016—delivered the third epic cowl of the night: a soulful, romantic rendition of Chicago’s GRAMMY-winning “If You Go away Me Now,” full along with his iconic falsetto.
He was launched by Chicago-born actor Joe Montanya, who additionally offered the award to the band’s surviving members.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Born in Arkansas in 1915 right into a household of gospel singers, cotton pickers and evangelists, Tharpe was the Godmother of Rock and Roll. Like so many pioneering Black girls pushed to the margins of historical past, her affect on rock and gospel far exceeded the popularity she obtained throughout her lifetime. In recent times, Tharpe has lastly began to earn extra credit score for her function in shaping a worldwide sound—she straight influenced Elvis Presley and different revered male rock figures.
GRAMMY-nominated British soul/nation singer/songwriter Yola delivered a rousing vocal efficiency of “Up Above My Head, I Hear Music In The Air” on the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. This was adopted by superb footage of Tharpe performing “Did not It Rain” at a Manchester prepare station in 1964. From a church in Eire, Rihannon Giddens offered her award to Tharpe’s granddaughter Angela McCollum.
Earlier than Detroit producer/bass participant Don Was offered Michigan-born punk-rock icon Pop along with his Lifetime Achievement Award, he interviewed punk/steel artist Henry Rollins concerning the affect the “Lust For Life” singer had on him.
“You merely could not take your eyes off him,” Rollins famous, sharing his love for Pop’s wild stage presence. The influential, ever-evolving singer accepted his award with gratitude for his followers, closing with a “punk on.”
Subsequent up for performances was 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Moore, of soul duo Sam & Dave, who paid tribute to his buddy and collaborator Hayes. The legendary “Black Moses” singer/songwriter/producer first started making his musical mark at Memphis’ Stax Records within the ’60s, the place he wrote and produced quite a few hits, together with “Maintain On I am Coming,” “Soul Man” and different memorable, profitable information for Sam & Dave.
His deep musicality, legendary baritone vocals and soulful supply made Hayes a profitable solo artist as effectively. And along with his GRAMMY- and Oscar-winning soundtrack/rating for Shaft, he turned the primary Black particular person to win an Oscar in a non-acting function.
Moore sang a vigorous, joyful melody of Hayes-penned hits, crammed with 100 % soul: “I Thank You,” “You Do not Know,” “Soul Man,” “You Obtained Me Hummin'” and “When One thing Is Unsuitable With My Child.”
Whereas introducing Moore, the night’s Emmy-winning music director Greg Phillinganes said, “Isaac as soon as mentioned, ‘There’s many hurdles, so I simply preserve shifting, simply always redefining myself. That is the way you keep within the race.’ And he proved that quote effectively along with his amazingly lengthy profession.”
Hayes’ award was accepted by his son Isaac Hayes III, who spoke to the connection between artist rights and racial equality, in addition to the important significance of voting.
Baltimore-born Glass, one of many two 2020 Trustees Award recipients, has been composing and performing beloved operas, movie scores, live performance items and theater works for many years. Ever the expansive composer, he is additionally collaborated with main singer/songwriters like David Bowie and Paul Simon.
The subsequent musical providing was delivered by Glass’ longtime buddy Anderson, an avant-garde artist, who performed “Gee Whiz.” They co-wrote the calming, experimental music collectively for a present at La MaMa theater in N.Y.C., in honor of Ellen Stewart, who based the area in 1961. She accepted the award on her buddy’s behalf.
The second Trustees Award recipient was Walker, a pioneering A&R govt at Colombia Data, born in rural New York in 1889. Throughout his illustrious profession, he found nation stars Hank Williams, Bessie Smith and Blind Willie Johnson. He additionally briefly left retirement to assist launch MGM Data and signal Williams.
To have a good time Walker’s contributions the music business, crooner Isaak delivered a rendition of Williams’ melancholic breakup anthem “Your Cheatin’ Coronary heart,” from at RCA Studio A in Nashville with assist from some gifted buddies.
In 1990, the epic protest anthem “Fight The Power” earned Public Enemy their first GRAMMY nomination, plus 5 extra so far, as they proceed to launch hard-hitting, socially acutely aware music to this present day. Throughout their tribute, viewers noticed the observe’s Spike Lee-directed music video (the Oscar winner famously requested the music for his basic 1989 movie, Do The Proper Factor).
The group’s award was offered to them by fellow New York rap hero LL Cool J. “The report exhibits that Public Enemy have fought the ability like no different group in historical past. On stage and off, Public Enemy have been an plain and fearless pressure,” he mentioned.
In the course of the acceptance speeches, we heard from all 4 authentic members Flava Flav, Chuck D, Professor Griff and Terminator X, the latter of whom spoke via the beats with a mini DJ set.
Mickey Smith Jr.
The 2020 Music Educator Award recipient was Smith, a instructor and bandleader at Maplewood Center Faculty in Sulphur, La., the place he is taught for the final 15 years. He delivered a deeply shifting, motivational speech, closing with, “To everybody that is watching, you’ve a sound. Allow us to be the sound to vary the world.”
The 2020 Technical GRAMMY Award went to Augspurger, a longtime acoustician and pioneer in studio and speaker design. After 70 years within the business, he is nonetheless designing customized displays and studios and teaches a category in loudspeaker design on the College of Southern California. Jam offered the award to Augsburger.
Ehrlich, a.okay.a. the creator of the GRAMMY Second, produced his first GRAMMYs in 1980. There, the debut GRAMMY Second occurred between Barbra Striesand and Neil Diamond, who sang “You Do not Convey Me Flowers.” He is additionally labored on the Emmys, GRAMMY Tribute specials and different award-winning selection and award exhibits.
To pay honor to the person behind a lot GRAMMY magic, Lauper sang an acoustic model of “Time After Time,” noting that it was his favourite music of hers.
EGOT John Legend exuberantly offered the award to Erlich, explaining how his invitation to carry out “All Of Me” on the GRAMMY stage in 2014 helped make the music a success, his solely No. 1 on the Scorching 100. Erlich accepted his award with an enormous smile.
Beloved Illinois-born singer/songwriter Prine was set to carry out in the course of the present earlier than we sadly misplaced the folks/Americana hero to COVID-19 in April.
To honor him, Nashville energy couple Isbell and Shires sang Prine’s 1980 music “Storm Home windows.” Their love for Prine could be very private—Isbell grew up loving his music from a younger age and Shires toured with him.
Carlile, in the meantime, carried out “I Bear in mind Every thing,” the gorgeous final music he wrote. Earlier than singing, she instructed a cute story concerning the first time they carried out collectively and the way comforting and type he was: “He was proper, you possibly can at all times belief John Prine. He additionally instructed us the reality along with his complete life, and he tells us the reality even immediately.”
Carlile offered Prine’s award, which was accepted by his spouse, Fiona Prine, who wore an “I’m a voter” T-shirt, and sat with their three sons. The household supplied appreciation for the award.
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