JT asks, "Best GRAMMYs ever?" Could be.
Some tremendous losses to the music community this year -- so much nostalgia in the "In Memoriam" segment.
But what a lot of brilliant legacies left behind.
We're not done paying tribute just yet -- it's time to remember the masterful Levon Helm in song.
What a lineup: Sir Elton is back to handle piano, and singing along with him are the soulful Mavis Staples and Brittany Howard, of Alabama Shakes. That's Zac Brown on guitar, too, and -- yep -- all of Mumford & Sons is taking part in this toe-tingler of an In Memoriam performance. The song is "The Weight," a classic from the Band.
T-Bone Burnett, too. I got chills when Elton John mentioned the Sandy Hook victims at the intro.
Helm died in April, of cancer. He was also an actor and one of the major stars (along with Robbie Robertson) of what may be one of the best concert films ever made: Martin Scorsese's "The Last Waltz," released in 1978.
So much heart in this performance. And respect. These artists have invested a song that already had a lot of meaning for most listeners with new depth.
Did you know? Levon Helm was the inspiration for Elton John's hit song "Levon," co-written with Bernie Taupin
GRAMMY Fact: Mavis Staples won her first career GRAMMY for Best Americana Album for You Are Not Alone in 2010
The vintage shots, some from Woodstock, where Helm had his famous late-career "Midnight Ramble" jam sessions, are heart-crumplers. Could be it's impossible to overstate Helm's significance as a rock artist. And he was always more of an artist than a star -- the bigger compliment.
Funny that it's a diverse cast onstage, yet each player seems compatible in his or her own way with the unmistakable Levon Helm vibe. Mumford & Sons especially sound like direct descendants.
The Dream tells me he has been writing on the new Beyonce record, but they "told me to zip it," he smiles not giving more details. #GRAMMYs
We still have more acts to come, but there may be no topping this performance. Another incredible collaboration, the kind you'll only find on the GRAMMY stage. Bring it, Mavis Staples!
The Dream's new single is coming out soon and is titled "Slow It Down," he says. #GRAMMYs
We swerve to R&B next. Frank Ocean is coming up. Ocean needs no help as a performer, but good thing there's a commercial. Who would want to take the stage right after that massive display of talent?