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Grammys Set Tributes to Two Fallen Pop Icons

Feb 8, 2017  •  Post A Comment

CBS announced today that “The 59th Annual Grammy Awards,” which airs this Sunday, Feb. 12, on the network, will feature tributes to pop icons Prince and George Michael, who both died during 2016. Prince died April 21 at age 57 and Michael died Dec. 25 at age 53.

“Details of the performances, including who will participate in each, will be revealed during the show,” the announcement notes. CBS late-night host James Corden will host the gala.

This year’s previously announced Grammy performers include Adele, Kelsea Ballerini, William Bell, Chance The Rapper, Gary Clark Jr., Andra Day, Cynthia Erivo, Tori Kelly, Lady Gaga, Barry Gibb, Lukas Graham, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Metallica, Bruno Mars, Maren Morris, Anderson .Paak, Daft Punk, Sturgill Simpson, A Tribe Called Quest, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and The Weeknd.

The ceremony will be televised live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with the broadcast scheduled for 8-11:30 p.m. ET/5-8:30 p.m. PT.

Said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy: “George Michael and Prince were pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma. 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.”

“The 59th Annual Grammy Awards” is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

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