The Recording Academy recently announced that they will honor the legendary late musicians George Michael and Prince at this year’s ceremony. There will be two separate tribute segments dedicated to these legends.
It is still unknown who will be performing these tributes. The musicians that are currently scheduled to perform during the ceremony include Adele, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper, Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato, John Legend, and Kelsea Ballerini. The CEO of The Recording Academy, Neil Portnow noted that “George Michael and Prince were pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma” in a statement in which he announced that they will be honored at the ceremony.
“While each possessed a distinct style and sound, they were both adored by audiences worldwide. The passings of two such creative innovators were a huge loss for the creative community; The Recording Academy is humbled to pay homage to their tremendous legacies on the GRAMMY stage,” said Neil in his statement.
Prince died from an opioid overdose on April 21 of last year, while George Michael died of heart failure on Christmas in 2016.