The 59th annual GRAMMYs gave an emotional remembrance for the many musicians and overall members of the showbiz industry who died in the last year. Opening and closing the affair was a stirring performance of The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" from John Legend and Cynthia Erivo.
Among those honored were Phife Dawg, Leonard Cohen, Debbie Reynolds, Emilio Navaira, Sharon Jones, George Martin, Frank Sinatra Jr. and WorldStarHipHop founder Lee "Q" O'Denat, who just passed in January.
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Prince and George Michael had their own individual tributes earlier in the 2017 GRAMMYs; Prince died at age 57 on April 21; Michael was 53 when he died on Christmas Day.
John Legend just dropped Darkness and Light, his fifth studio album, in December; he will begin a six-week North American tour on May 12. Cynthia Erivo won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical with her turn as Celie in Broadway revival of The Color Purple. It was announced last week that she will play Harriet Tubman in a feature film biopic.
Below, the complete chronological list of those who appeared in the 2017 GRAMMYs In Memoriam segment:
James Jamerson Jr.
Rudy Van Gelder
John D. Loudermilk
Frank Sinatra Jr.
Sir Neville Marriner
Lee "Q" O'Denat
James M. Nederlander
Remo D. Belli
Sir George Martin