This year’s Grammys In Memoriam Tribute honored a diverse range of artists who died late last year, including Loretta Lynn, Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie and Migos rapper Takeoff.
Barefoot and draped in red, Kacey Musgraves opened the segment with an emotional performance of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Musgraves’ vocals were backed by a single Epiphone guitar. Once owned by Lin himself.. The pair previously performed together at the 2014 CMA Awards.
Maverick City Music then joined Quavo for a performance of “Without You,” a tribute to Takeoff’s life and legacy. The performance then turned into a stripped back version of Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again”.
“Days ain’t the same without you / I don’t know if I’m the same without you,” Quavo sang, as a photo montage of the fallen rapper played behind him. “I wish I had a time machine / Just so you could ride with me / I miss how you smile at me / Unc and Phew to infinity.”
Takeoff, 28, was killed on Nov. 1 during an altercation outside a Houston bowling alley. His Migos bandmate and uncle, Quavo, were at the scene but were unharmed.
Afterwards, Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt honored three-time Grammy winner Christine McVie with her signature “Songbird.” McVey, an integral member of Fleetwood Mac, died in November after a short illness.
The In Memoriam segment also honored a wide array of artists and music industry figures who died in the past year, including Jeff Beck, David Crosby, Yukihiro Takahashi, Terry Hall and Olivia Newton-John.
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