January 9, 2017 at 12:51 pm #1201983873
With so many important, iconic and influential musicians passing away in 2016, I am wondering who will get the biggest tribute on-stage at next month’s Grammy awards? David Bowie? George Michael? Prince? someone else I’m forgetting?
Clearly, all three had careers deserving of being honored, but I’m curious who you think Grammy will chose to honor in the biggest way?January 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm #1201983892
Bowie already had his tribute at last year’s Grammys, as did Glenn Frey. Natalie Cole, on the other hand, only received a brief In Memoriam mention as a former AOTY winner. Not everyone is going to get a full-blown Grammy tribute just because they passed. But I’m expecting something major for Prince. Many will line up to sing on that one. It could go either way for others like George Michael, Leonard Cohen, and Merle Haggard.January 9, 2017 at 2:07 pm #1201983916
Billboard just reported that Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and the Weeknd are rumored to be teaming up for the Prince tribute (and that selections from his catalog may finally be available on streaming services by Grammy night), so I’d say that will be the biggest tribute.
I’m curious to see who they tap for the George Michaels tribute. I’m kinda rooting for his fellow gay Brit and friend/collaborator Elton John to perform “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” but I’d never say no to a “Faith” or “Freedom 90” performance. Whatever happens, I hope it’s great.
Pentatonix seems like a natural choice for Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” given that they just had a top 30 hit with it, but I was hoping they’d team up with Dolly Parton to perform their nominated “Jolene” collaboration. At any rate, I think “Hallelujah” would be the most emotionally moving tribute.
It should also be noted that Tom Petty is being honored as the Musicares Person of the Year, which means that he’ll either perform or receive a tribute (a la Lionel Richie last year). I don’t know if he’ll choose to perform or not, but there will probably be the standard four artists involved if they go the tribute route. Could be a big moment.
I have no idea what they’ll do for Merle Haggard, but I’m sure they’ll do something to appease the country crowd.
But I really just want someone to show up and slay a “Singin’ in the Rain” / “Good Morning” tribute, complete with choreography.
Wouldn’t say no to John Williams and a full orchestra performing “Princess Leia’s Theme,” either, but maybe save that for the Oscars tribute segment.January 9, 2017 at 3:28 pm #1201983979
The big question is which tribute will Lady Gaga try to book for herself.January 9, 2017 at 3:34 pm #1201983987
Don’t forget about the legendary Merle Haggard.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiU81KIRZ_QJanuary 9, 2017 at 3:35 pm #1201983989
^Probably George Michael since his death is the most recent. We’ve had Prince tributes all year but Im glad that Rihanna and The Weeknd are in it. Hopefully Rihanna can mash up Kiss It Better with a Prince song in her tribute.January 9, 2017 at 5:20 pm #1201984059
Prince. I would also be on board with a redo with the Bowie tribute. Last year’s was atrocious.January 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm #1201984079
The Icon Prince.January 9, 2017 at 8:38 pm #1201984156
I hated the Bowie tribute last year.
If Prince doesn’t get a full tribute I will be confused. George Michael deserves it too, but I can’t see them giving him a full set over Prince.January 10, 2017 at 6:57 pm #1201985209
A George Michael tribute just wouldn’t pack the same punch as a Prince tribute.
Although they could do both and George Michael had more than enough songs for a good tribute, Prince’s catalog is just one for the books.January 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm #1201985229
Prince is bigger, but George Michael has enough anthems for an epic tribute too.January 10, 2017 at 11:12 pm #1201985343
I think Adele is natural choice to sing George Michael’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” for his tribute. Other artist to join Adele for George Michael tribute, I’m thinking Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Elton John.