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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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Bonnie Raitt Says She Is ‘Always Really Proud to be Acknowledged’ amid 2023 Grammy Nomination
Raitt is nominated for four Grammys, including song of the year for "Just Like That"

on February 5, 2023 No comments
By Julia Moore

Bonnie Raitt is just happy to be included at the Grammys this year.

“It’s nice to represent the oldsters!” she joked as she talked to PEOPLE’s Janine Rubenstein and Jeremy Parsons on the red carpet at the Grammys Sunday night.

Raitt, 73, is nominated for song of the year for “Just Like That,” on which she is credited as both singer and songwriter.

“I’m always really proud to be acknowledged,” she told PEOPLE of the nomination. “To be acknowledged for song of the year this time is pretty big – so, for one of my tunes? That’s a big thing for me, so I’m very proud.”

However, it’s a bittersweet night for the 10-time Grammy Award winner, even as she’s celebrating four more nominations. Raitt is part of the in-memoriam tribute that will honor some of the lives lost in the music industry in 2022, including Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, who died in November after a brief illness.

“There’s some sadness about being part of the in-memoriam tribute to some friends of ours that we lost,” she said of being included in the emotional performance, which will also honor Migos’ Takeoff and Loretta Lynn.

For Raitt, who released her debut album in 1970, just a few years after Fleetwood Mac’s debut, McVie’s death was a shock.

“It was a surprise and you know, we didn’t know she had been ill, so it’s really — so I’m just not gonna turn around and look at her picture when I’m singing,” Raitt told PEOPLE. “She was one of the greatest – one of the most soulful singers. She was just beloved around the world.”

Bonnie Raitt Says She Is ‘Always Really Proud to be Acknowledged’ amid 2023 Grammy Nomination

Bonnie Raitt attends the 65th GRAMMY Awards on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
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After spending eight months of the year on tour in 2022, Raitt has, even more, to come in 2023. She’s hitting the road across the world, she said, performing in Australia, Ireland, the UK and Canada before making her way back to the U.S. in the fall.

Returning to the stage after the pandemic was an emotional experience for the blues singer.

“After that first show in April, the audience was crying, we were crying, we were just so exalted,” she said. “It was like the most fun New Year’s Eve party you could ever have night after night, for eight months.”

The 65th Grammy Awards air live at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, during which the show will also be available to stream on Paramount+.

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