Grammys' in memoriam especially long, grim in pandemic year
Brandi Carlile performs during the "In Memoriam" section of the 63rd Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Tuesday, March 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)LOS ANGELES – Brandi Carlile paid tribute to John Prine, Bruno Mars celebrated Little Richard and Lionel Richie honored Kenny Rogers during an in memoriam segment on Sunday night's Grammy Awards that featured an especially long list of names after a year of the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier Sunday, Prine won two posthumous Grammys for best American roots song and best American roots performance, a year after receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys. Carlile told The Associated Press that it didn't bother her to be performing without an audience at the pandemic-restricted Grammys because "this time I’m just performing for John Prine. Corea, who died of a rare form of cancer at age 79, won the trophy for best improvised jazz solo and best jazz instrumental album.
Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020
The world also said goodbye to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement who died in July. Other former political figures who died this year include Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, New York Mayor David Dinkins, Arizona Gov. Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2020 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):___JANUARY___David Stern, 77. The guitarist who supplied the scratching, seething sound that fueled the highly influential British punk band Gang of Four. He fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music.
Fountains of Wayne and Sharon Van Etten Tribute Adam Schlesinger With 'Hackensack' Performance
Fountains of Wayne reunited on Wednesday to pay heartfelt tribute to their late founding member, Adam Schlesinger, who died of complications from coronavirus earlier this month. The group came together virtually during the Jersey 4 Jersey Benefit Concert, alongside rocker Sharon Van Etten, playing from their respective homes amid ongoing social distancing measures. "I was lucky enough to wok with one of their founding members, longtime Montclair resident Adam Schlesinger, who tragically passed away from the coronavirus," Colbert said. Goddamn if I didn’t lose it when Fountains of Wayne came on with “Hackensack” just weeks after Adam Schlesinger died. RELATED CONTENT:'That Thing You Do' Cast to Reunite for Coronavirus FundraiserAdam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne Singer, Dies at 52 From Coronavirus ComplicationsHere's How Celebs Are Self-Isolating & Self-Quarantining
'That Thing You Do' Cast to Reunite for Coronavirus Fundraiser Following Death of Adam Schlesinger
Hanks, who was one of the first major celebrities to announce that he had been diagnosed with the coronavirus amid the global pandemic, shared a tribute to Schlesinger following his death on April 1. "There would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger, without his That Thing You Do!" There would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger, without his That Thing You Do! RELATED CONTENT:Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne Singer, Dies at 52 From Coronavirus Complications'That Thing You Do' Band The Wonders Has a Rockin' Reunion 20 Years Later -- See the Pics! Charlize Theron Opens Up About Her 'Horrible' Audition With ‘Idol’ Tom Hanks for 'That Thing You Do'