February 13, 2017


John Legend & Cynthia Erivo Sing 'God Only Knows' for Gorgeous GRAMMYs In Memoriam

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS

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:

Leonard Cohen
Keith Emerson
Greg Lake
John Wetton
Sharon Jones
Wayne Jackson
Rod Temperton
James Jamerson Jr.
Ralph Stanley
Merle Haggard
Sonny James
Scotty Moore
Joey Feek
Bobby Vee
Lonnie Mack
Butch Trucks
Juan Gabriel
Emilio Navaira
Mose Allison
Toots Thielemans
Gato Barbieri
Nat Hentoff
Rudy Van Gelder
George Michael
Debbie Reynolds
Guy Clark
John D. Loudermilk
Milt Okun
Joe Ligon
Buckwheat Zydeco
Billy Paul
Marvell Thomas
Bernie Worrell
Chips Moman
Pete Fountain
Frank Sinatra Jr.
Patrice Munsel
Zhou Xiaoyan
Sir Neville Marriner
Phife Dawg
Lee "Q" O'Denat
Muhammad Ali
Leon Russell
Howard Kaufman
Bill Ham
Phil Chess
Bob Krasnow
Tony Martell
Mary Stewart
James M. Nederlander
Chris Stone
Remo D. Belli
Sir George Martin