Going into tonight’s 2019 Grammy broadcast, we knew that there would be a big In Memoriam segment honoring those we’ve lost. This was an extensive list, and it featured artists across multiple eras.
Below, you can see a list of just some of the performers, engineers, and recording executives who were recognized over the course of the Grammy broadcast near the end of the show overall:
James Ingram, Roy Clark, Harold Bradley, Freddie Hart, Kenny O’Dell, Bonnie Guitar, Nancy Wilson, Morgana King, Vic Damone, Carol Channing, Dennis Edwards, Joe Jackson, Ray Sawyer, Jim Rodford, Gary Burden, Avicii, Alan Pearlman, Marty Balin, Ed King, John Perry Barlow, Tony Joe White, Otis Rush, Jim Malloy, Mac Miller, Roy Hargrove, Cecil Taylor, David Bianco, Russ Solomon, Katherine Hoover, Clarence Fountain, Yvonne Staples, Daryle Singletary, Lary White, Randy Scruggs, Lucho Gatica, Mah Wah, DJ Fontana, Reggie Young, Daryl Dragon, Galt MacDermott, Patrick Williams, Arthur B. Rubinstein, Jeremy Geffen, Billy Sammeth, Norman Gimbel, Russ Regan, Roy Wunsch, Charles Neville, Henry Butler, and Aretha Franklin.
Following the In Memoriam Segment proper (where most of the names had a tendency to rush by quickly), the show went into a full Aretha Franklin tribute featuring some big names including the incomparable Yolanda Adams. You could easily do a full hour-long tribute to Franklin on this show and that still wouldn’t feel like enough; yet, this was coming about more than three and a half hours into the show — the Grammys are one of the longest awards shows out there.
Yet, even with this being on so late, it still likely had an impact. Franklin is the sort of person who has inspired generations of people from all over the world, and we have a hard time imagining that she will be forgotten anytime soon. She’s just the sort of person who tended to create magic anytime that she stepped into the studio. We know that without her, really the entire music industry would not be the same. Let’s just hope that we don’t lose any more music icons over the course of the next year.
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