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Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Quavo Shine a Light on Fallen Legends in Grammy Tribute Performance

on February 6, 2023 No comments
by Cillea Houghton

Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Quavo, and Kacey Musgraves were among the artists to take part in tribute performances to the late Christine McVie, Takeoff, and Loretta Lynn at the 2023 Grammy Awards. 

Country star Musgraves opened the medley with a tribute to Lynn with a humble performance of her signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Poised barefoot on a stool with Lynn’s acoustic guitar in hand, Musgraves’ soft voice introduced the famous opening line: Well, I was born a coal miner’s daughter. With an altar of roses and flowers at her bare feet, Musgraves’ performance featured images of other country icons who’ve passed away over the past year, including Naomi Judd and Mickey Gilley.

Following Musgraves were Quavo and Maverick City Music in tribute to Takeoff, the 28-year-old Migos rapper who was shot and killed in Houston in November 2022. Tears rolled down my eyes / Can’t tell you how many times I cried, Quavo sang in the opening line of his tribute song to his nephew, “Without You.” The lyrics reference the time the pair went to Coachella together and the rapper wishes he had a time machine as he shares I miss how you smile at me. Quavo was then joined by a choir of voices in Maverick City Music, who sang the chorus of Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” with a dark background illuminated by the light of the stars behind them. 

The tribute ended with a touching ode to Fleetwood Mac’s McVie. Crow was seated at a piano adorned with floral arrangements while Raitt appeared across from her. McVie’s bandmate, Mick Fleetwood, was positioned off to the side of the stage, playing a bongo drum as Crow and Raitt serenaded the room with McVie’s powerful “Songbird,” as the two traded soft, tender vocals. Raitt’s voice was strong and steady, capturing the emotion of the song. The performance ended with Fleetwood taking his hat off in salute to his collaborators. 

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Jeff Beck, David Crosby, Lisa Marie Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Anita Pointer, and Twitch are among the many other fallen icons whose faces were shown onscreen throughout the performances.

Prior to his Grammy “in memoriam” performance of Fleetwood Mac‘s 1977 Rumours track “Songbird,” along with Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt during the 65th annual Grammy Awards, drummer Mick Fleetwood said that he doesn’t see a future for his legendary band following the death of their keyboardist and songwriter Christine McVie, who died on November 30, 2022, at 79.

“I think right now, I truly think the line in the sand has been drawn with the loss of Chris [McVie],” said Fleetwood during an interview at the 65th annual Grammy Awards. “I’d say we’re done, but then we’ve all said that before. It’s sort of unthinkable right now.”

Fleetwood added that all the Mac members are still busy working on their individual projects and performing outside of the band as well. “They all get out and play,” added Fleetwood, “so I’m gonna be doing the same thing, finding people to play with.”

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Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt Perform ‘Songbird’ in Christine McVie Tribute at 2023 Grammys
In a touching ode to Fleetwood's late bandmate, the trio played the 1977 Fleetwood Mac tune, one of McVie's own compositions

on February 5, 2023 No comments
By Rachel DeSantis

Mick Fleetwood, Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt paid a touching tribute to Fleetwood Mac‘s late songbird Christine McVie at the 65th Grammy Awards.

Fleetwood, 75, Crow, 60, and Raitt, 73, took the stage Sunday night at Arena in Los Angeles for a performance in honor of McVie, who died in November at age 79.

Their choice of song was the 1977 Fleetwood Mac hit, “Songbird,” a tune that was composed solely by McVie. Crow and Raitt sang alternating verses, while Fleetwood played a talking drum.


Both Fleetwood and Crow were among the dozens of musicians who shared their memories of McVie on social media following her sudden death on Nov. 30 after a brief illness.

Fleetwood, who was the star’s bandmate for more than 50 years, shared an emotional Instagram message upon her death, writing that “part of my heart has flown away today.”

“I will miss everything about you Christine McVie,” he wrote, in part. “Memories abound…They fly to me.”

Later, the rocker and his surviving bandmates — including McVie’s ex-husband John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks — paid tribute to the star at a Celebration of Life event in Malibu on Jan. 9.

Days later, Fleetwood shared a copy of the remarks he gave at the event along with a recent photo of him and McVie on an airplane.

“When we first learned that we might be losing Christine, there was an immediate coming together of everything in the band and the Fleetwood Mac family with the hope and possibility that we would not lose Chris,” he said. “And NOW since the loss of Christine, we all are still trying to come to terms with the fact she has really flown away.”

Fleetwood said he’d recently reflected to John McVie that the pain came in “the enormity of it all—the enormity of our loss, the enormity of her passion, the enormity of her talents and her unbreakable sense of grace in the way she handled life’s challenges.”

“We all miss her as a family member, as a friend: an artist, a performer and God knows a writer of excellence,” he said. “And those years sharing life together will always be remembered.”

Crow, meanwhile, who in the early 2000s was rumored to possibly be replacing McVie in the band after her temporary departure, remembered the “Everywhere” singer as “a legend and an icon and amazing human being.”


“I am so sad to hear of Christine McVie going on to heaven,” Crow wrote on Twitter. “The world feels weird without her here. What a legend and an icon and an amazing human being. RIP.”

McVie and Raitt collaborated on the latter’s 1986 album Nine Lives, with McVie contributing background vocals.

The 2023 Grammy Awards are airing live on CBS and Paramount+ Sunday night from the Arena in Los Angeles.

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