Grammys Announce Tributes to Prince & George Michael
February 8, 2017
The Recording Academy has announced plans to honor Prince and George Michael as part of this Sunday's 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The specific details and performers have yet to be announced.
"George Michael and Prince were pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "While each possessed a distinct style and sound, they were both adored by audiences worldwide. The passing 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."
"While the primary focus of the Grammy Awards is to celebrate and honor the year's best in music, we consider it our responsibility to tell music's broader story by honoring its legends lost—that's what we strive to achieve with our annual tributes," said Ken Ehrlich, Executive Producer of the Grammy Awards. "While it's nearly impossible to convey the full depth of an artist's cultural impact in a single performance, it's that very challenge that has led us to some of our most memorable Grammy moments."
The Grammy Awards will be handed out this Sunday, February 12 at 8pm ET on CBS.