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The Recording Academy Remembers The Music People We've Lost | GRAMMY In Memoriam (2021 – 2022)

Take a moment to reflect and salute the members of the music community who we lost

GRAMMYs/Apr 4, 2022 - 03:07 am

The following is a list of artists and industry professionals the music community lost from January 2021 – March 15 2022.

The 2022 GRAMMYs telecast on CBS featured an In Memoriam segment highlighting some of these individuals via a video tribute, and all of these individuals who died prior to its print date are included in the official 2022 GRAMMYs program book.

The Recording Academy salutes each individual for their respective talents and contributions to our culture and community.

"General" Jeff Page

"John Miles" Errington

"Mark Keds" Myers

"Meor" Yusof Aziddin Meor Hassan

"Nobuo Hara" Tsukahara

"Raffaella Carrà" Pelloni

Abdel Karim al Kabli

Abhijit Bandyopadhyay

Adalberto Álvarez

Adolph "Young Dolph" Robert Thorton Jr.

Agustin Gurza

Aki Rahimovski

Al Schlesinger

Al Schmitt

Alain Bancquart

Alan Hawkshaw

Alan Jesperson

Alan Lancaster

Alberto Ciurana

Aleksandr Khrabunov

Alemayehu Eshete

Alex DePue

Alexander Gradsky

Alexander Hamilton

Alexi Laiho

Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis

Alfredo Diez Nieto

Alicia "Lisa" Lee

Alix Dobkin

Allan Slaight

Allan Stephenson

Alleppey Ranganath

Allin Grigoryevich Vlasenko

Alto Reed

Álvaro Manzano

Alvin "Seeco" Patterson

Alvin Lucier

Alvin Speights

Amanda Holden

Amarendra Mohanty

Ana Bejerano

Andre Petersen

Andrea Martin

Andrea Meyer

Andrew "Drew" Alexander

Andrew Barker

Andy Ross

Andy Warpigs

Andy Williams

Angela Kukawski

Anita Lane

Anthony "Muffman" Williams

Antonietta Stella

Anzor Erkomaishvili

Apostolos "Tolis" Voskopoulos

Aria Baron

Armando Gama

Arnold "Arnie" Pustilnik

Art Stewart

Arthur E. "Juini" Booth

Arthur Grigoryan

Arthur Pomposello

Arvil Freeman

Astroworld 2021

Aurelio De La Vega

B.B. Dickerson

B.J. Thomas

Badal Roy

Bappi Lahiri

Barbara Ess

Baron Browne

Barry Harris

Barry Ryan

Beatrice Bowles

Beldina "Heir of the Cursed" Odenyo Onassis

Belinda Sykes

Benjamin Vallé

Bennie Pete

Bernard Haitink

Betty Davis

Betty White

Beverly Noga

Beverly Ross

Bezbaruah

Bhaskar Menon

Bichu Thirumala

Big John Harte

Bill Harkin

Bill Holden

Bill Mollman

Bill Owens

Bill Runkle

Bill Staines

Billa O'Connell

Billie Hayes

Billy Conway

Billy Hinsche

Bjorn Thorsrud

Blake Mevis

Bob Moore

Bob Saget

Bobbe "Beegie" Long Adair

Brian Dunning

Brian Rohan

Brian Travers

Bruce Conte

Bruce Gaston

Bruce Greig

Bruce Hawes

Bryan St. Pere

Buddy Deppenschmidt

Burke Shelley

Burton Greene

Busker Meor

Byron Berline

Calvin Simon

Carl "Chucky" Thompson Jr.

Carl Bean

Carleton Carpenter

Carlisle Floyd

Carlos do Carmo

Carlos Marin

Carmel Quinn

Carmela Corren

Carmen Balthrop

Carol Easton

Carol Fran

Cathy Favaro-Maimone

Charles "Chuck E." Weiss

Charles "is-City" Gatt

Charles Criss

Charlie Black

Charlie Davis

Charlie McCardell

Charlie Watts

Chi Modu

Chris "The Bear" Hutka

Chris "X'Ho" Ho

Chris Scicluna

Christa Ludwig

Christine Nofchissey McHorse

Claire dela Fuente

Clarence "Mac" McDonald

Claude Bolling

Cleve Hall

Clifford Grant

Clive "Zanda" Alexander

Concha Márquez Piquer

Connie Bradley

Conrad Janis

Constance Demby

Corey "Chucky Trill" Detiege

Courtney Granger

Curtis Fuller

C.W. McCall

Dale Clevenger

Dale Knippers

Dallas Frazier

Dallas Good

Damodar Hota

Dan Einstein

Daniel "Dan" Sartain

Darrell "Drakeo the Ruler" Caldwell

Dashawn "Lil Loaded" Robertson

David "Dave" Frishberg

David "Jay Black" Blatt

David Cutler Lewis

David Darling

David Edwards

David Lasley

David Longdon

David Romano

David Surette

Dearon "Deezer D" Thompson

Debby King

Dee Pop

Dell Furano

Denis O'Brien

Dennis "Denny" Nowak

Dennis Payne

Dennis Thomas

Denroy Morgan

Dev Tharikewala

Dewayne Blackwell

Diane Martin

Dick Halligan

Dick Odette

Diego Verdaguer

Dimitri "Dee Pop" Papadopoulos

Djivan Gasparyan

Dmitri Bashkirov

Don Dilling

Don Everly

Don Heffington

Don Maddox

Don Wilson

Donald "Don" Marquis

Donald Dowdy

Donny Gerrard

Doris "Rose Lee" Maphis

Dorothy "Dottie" Dodgion

Doug Eyink

Douglas "Doug" Parkinson

Douglas Grigsby

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Drew Alexander

Earl "DMX" Simmons

Earl "JT" Gray

Earl Swavey

Ed Asner

Ed Bruce

Eddie "Ed" Asner

Eddie Basinski

Edita Gruberová

Edmund "Ed" Ward

Eleonore "Lorli" von Trapp Campbell

Ellen McIlwaine

Elliot Lawrence Broza

Elza Soares

Emani "Emani 22" Johnson

Emil Ramsauer

Emmaretta Marks

Emmett Chapman

Enrique "Pil Trafa" Chalar

Enriqueta "La Prieta Linda" Jiménez

Eric Wagner

Ernie Andrews

Esther Béjarano

Ethel Gabriel

Eugene "Gene" Smith

Eugene Wright

Eulalio "Sax" Cervantes Galarza

Eulis Cathey

Everett Lee

Everett Morton

Fanny Waterman

Farhad Humayun

Farid Ahmed Hazra

Flavio Etcheto

Francis Jackson

Francis Stueber

Francisco Kröpfl

Franco "Süphan Barzani" Battiato

Franco Cerri

Franz Streitwieser

Fred Geiger

Fred Johnson

Fred Parris

Freddie Combs

Freddie Redd

Frederic Rzewski

Fredrik Johansson

Gared O'Donnell

Gary "Chicken" Hirsh

Gary Brooker

Gary Corbett

Gary Edwards

Gary Leib

Gary Scruggs

Gene Rumsey

General Defao

General Jeff Page

Genival "Cassiano" dos Santos  

Geoffrey Stephens

Georg Alexander Albrecht

George "Commander Cody" Frayne

George "Gay" McIntyre

George Crumb

George Frayne

George Horn

George Mraz

George Wein

George Winn

Georgie Dann

Gerald "Jerry" Granelli

Gerry Marsden

Gianluca Floris

Gil Wechsler

Gilberto Grácio

Glen Peart

Glenn Douglas Tubb

Glenn Wheatley

Gloria Montes

Graeme Edge

Graham Vick

Greg Gilbert

Greg Tate

Greg Webster

Gregory "Greg" Tate

Gregory "Shock G" Jacobs

Griselda Jiménez

Guilia Lorimer

Gurmeet Bawa

Habeeb "Obama DMW" Uthman

Haja El Hamdaouia

Hans Neuenfels

Hans-Erik "Hank von Hell" Husby

Hargus Robbins

Harpdog Brown

Harry Colomby

Harry Coombs

Harvey Louis Krantz

Hayk "Hayko" Hakobyan

Heber Bartolome

Héctor "Perro" Emaides

Henry Goldrich

Henry Stephen

Heo Cham

Hillel Resner

Howard "KingFish" Franklin Jr.

Howard Alexander Dumble

Howard Grimes

Howard Johnson

Howard Wales

Howard Weitzman

Hugh X. Lewis

Ian "Napolian" Evans

Ian Alexander jr.

Ian McDonald

Ian Worang

Ibrahim Ashk

Igor Oistrakh

Ike Stubblefield

Inge Ginsberg

Ivan Tasovac

Ivor "Nick" Kamen

Iwan Edwards

J.D. Crowe

Jaakko Kuusisto

Jack Bradley

Jacob "Jake" Abrams Jr.

Jacob Desvarieux

Jagjit Kaur

Jamal Edwards

Jameon "Ketchy the Great" Davis

James "Jamie" O'Hara

James "Jim" Maher

James "Jim" Pembroke

James "Jim" Steinman

James "Jimmy" Cox

James "Koz" Kozlowski

James Dee "J.D." Crowe

James Easter

James Leary

James Levine

James Maraniss

James Mtume

Jamie O'Hara

Jamillah "JAM" Muhammad

Jan Welmers

Jane "Nightbirde" Marczewski

Janet Mead

Janice Wendell

János "Mecky" Kóbor

Jason "Rowdy" Cope

Jason Moore

Javunte "Squeak" Wheeler

Jay Jacobs

Jay Jay Phillips

Jay Weaver

Jayananda Lama

Jean-Paul Jeannotte

Jeff "Hitmaka Jeff" Thornton

Jeff Chambers

Jeff Wald

Jeffrey "Deon" Estus

Jeffrey "Jeff" LaBar

Jem Targal

Jemal Chkuaseli

Jeremy Lubbock

Jerold "Jerry" Blair

Jerome "J.D." Hill

Jerome Hyde

Jerry Crutchfield

Jerry Ray Johnston

Jervis "Pete" Corum

Jesse Aratow

Jessie D Lee Daniels

Jim Bessman

Jim Duty

Jim Horn

Jim Knapp

Jim Maher

Jimbeau Hinson

Jimmy Cox

Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy Kennedy

Joanne Shenandoah

Joe "Dusty" Hill

Joe Simon

Joel Chadabe

John "J.D." Hutchinson

John "Johnny" Crawford

John "Johnny" Solinger

John "Tim" Bogert

John Ashton Thomas

John C. Koss

John Davis

John Fagot

John Kinsella

John Lawton

John Miles Errington

John Nolan

John Rice Irwin

John Viers

Johnny Brown

Johnny Solinger

Jon "Doug" Nichols

Jon "Woodenman" Lukas

Jon Appleton

Jon Hassell

Jon Lind

Jon Mark

Jon Mark 

Jon Zazula

Jonas Gwangwa

Jonathon "Baby CEO" Brown

Joni James

Jordi Sabatés

Jorge Cumbo

José "Flow La Movie" Ángel Hernández

José Ángel "Flow La Movie" Hernández

José Enrique "Chelique" Sarabia

José María Cámara

Joseph "Jo Jo" Bennett

Joseph "Joe" Palmaccio

Joseph Horovitz

Josephine Veasey

Joyce Reeves Milsap

Juan "Johnny Ventura" Soriano

Juan Nelson

Judith Davidoff

Julia Nixon

Julie "Tawny" Kitaen

Juraj Filas

Jürg Wyttenbach

Justin Alexander "J $tash" Joseph

Kaithapram Viswanathan Namboothiri

Kalaimamani M. J. C. Comagan

Karan Armstrong

Karim Ouellet

Karla Burns

Keith Allison

Kelli "K-HAND" Hand

Ken Seaman

Kenneth "Ken" Kragen

Kenneth Cooper

Kenneth Wannberg

Kenny Malone

Kenny Sidle

Kenwrick "Kenny J" Joseph

Kerry Chater

Kerry Hay

Kevin Clark

Khan Jamal

Kim Tribble

King Louie Bankston

Kirti Shiledar

Koady Chaisson

Kyle Wood

Lalith Anand

Larry Willoughby

Lars-Göran "LG" Petrov

Lata Mangeshkar

Laurence "Enzo" Gusman

Lawrence "Larry Harlow" Kahn

Lawrence "Larry" Sheridan

Lawrence “Maniac” West

Lawrence Matshiza

Lee "Scratch" Perry

Lee Williams

Leonard 'Hub' Hubbard

Leonard "Doc" Gibbs

Leonard "Hub" Hubbard

Leslie "Les" Harris

Leslie "Les" McKeown

Leslie Bricusse

Leslie Parnas

Leslie West

Letieres Leite

Levon Chaushian

Lieb Bester

Lil Bo Weep

Linda Mensch

Lindsay Tebbutt

Lisa Roy

Lizzie Bravo

Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis

Lloyd Price

Locksley "Slide" Hampton

Lodewijk "Lou" Ottens

Lois Kirschenbaum

Lou Dennis

Louis "Lou" Robin

Louis Andriessen

Louise Tomberlain

Lucy Rowan Mann

Ludmila Ferber

Luis de Pablo Costales

Lulendo "General Defao" Matumona

Mac Martin

Malcolm Cecil

Malcolm Dome

Man Arai

Manikka Vinayagam

Marc Lee Dé Hugar

Marc Tanner

Marcel "Biz Markie" Hall

Margaret Everly

Margo Guryan

Maria "Milva" Biolcati

Maria Ewing

María Mérida

Marília Mendonça

Marilyn Bergman

Mario Lavista

Mario Pavone

Mark Keds Myers

Mark Lanegan

Mark Lubotsky

Mark Varner

Marsha Zazula

Martin "Marty" Roberts

Martín Carrizo

Martin Kahan

Martin Wright

Mārtiņš Brauns

Mary Edna Thompson

Matt "Money" Miller

Matthew Strachan

Maureen Cleave

Mauri Louisa Skinfill

Meat Loaf

Melvin Parker

Melvin Van Peebles

Michael "Mick Rock" Smith

Michael "Mike" Finnigan

Michael "Mike" O'Reilly

Michael Bishop

Michael Chapman

Michael Fonfara

Michael Lang

Michael Morgan

Michael Nesmith

Michael Stanley

Michail "Mikis" Theodorakis

Michel Baumann

Michel Corboz

Mick Brigden

Mick Griffiths

Mickey Eichner

Miguel "Meñique" Ángel Barcasnegras

Mike Dekle

Mike Finnigan

Mike Howe

Mike Mitchell

Mike O'Reilly

Mike Renzi

Mike Tarsia

Mikey "Mao" Chung

Mikey Chung

Mimi Stern-Wolfe

Misty Morgan

Mita Haque

Morton "Mort" Sahl

Morty Craft

Muvaffak "Maffy" Falay

Mzilikazi Khumalo

Nana Ampadu

Nanci Griffith

Nathan "Joey" Jonas Jordison

Neela Wickramasinghe

Neil Flanz

Neil Nongkynrih

Nelson Freire

Nick Colionne

Nick Weaver

Nicky Tesco

Nicole Hurst

Nigel Butterley

Nikolai Golyshev

Nikolai Slichenko

Nils "Einár" Grönberg

Nobesuthu Mbadu

Nobuo Hara Tsukahara

Norma Morris

Norma Waterson

Norman "Paul Cotton"

Norman "Rusty" Young

Norman Simmons

Obie "Travis Stewart"

Olanrewaju "Sound Sultan" Fasasi

Olanrewaju "Sound Sultan" Fasasi 

Oscar Guitián

Oscar López Ruiz

Osvaldo Peredo

Owen Moran

Paddy Moloney

Pat Fish

Pat Martino

Patricia Kennealy-Morrison

Patricio Manns

Patricio Renán

Patrick "Pat Fish" Huntrods

Patrick Sky

Patsy Bruce

Pau Riba i Romeva

Paul Cotton

Paul Jackson

Paul Johnson

Paul Laubin

Paul Mitchell

Pauline Tinsley

Pearl Kaufman

Peer Mohammed

Pervis Staples

Peter "Jack Terricloth" Ventantonio

Peter "Pita" Rehberg

Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Ind

Peter Klatzow

Peter Scolari

Peter Zinovieff

Phi Nhung

Phil Leadbetter

Phil Zimmerman

Philip "Phil" Schaap

Philip "Phil" Zimmerman

Philip Margo

Philip Paul

Phillip "Phil Naro" Sampognaro

Phillip "Phil" Chen

Phillip Wells

Phyllis McGuire

Pierce Fulton

Pietro Gilfucci

Piraisoodan

Prabhakar Jog

Prateek Chaudhuri

Prem Dhoj Pradhan

Rachel Nagy

Raffaella Carrà Pelloni

Ralph Emery

Ralph Irizarry

Ralph Schuckett

Ralph Tavares

Ramasaamy "Pulavar Pulamaipithan"

Ramdas Kamat

Randall Massengill

Randy "Baja" Fletcher

Randy Jackson

Rasie "Razzy" Bailey

Ravindranath "Lakshman Wijesekara"

Ray Reyes Léon

Raymond Gniewek

Reggie Warren

Renee Grant-Williams

Renée Martel

Renée Pietrafesa

Richard Cole

Richard H. Kirk

Richard Pratt

Rick Jarrard

Rick Laird

Rick Raybon

Rickie Lee Reynolds

Ricky Powell

Riky Rick

Rob Vitale

Robby Steinhardt

Robert 'Bob' Rudolph

Robert "Black Rob" Ross

Robert "Bob" James

Robert "Bob" Koester

Robert "Bob" Porter

Robert "Bob" Rudolph

Robert "Bobby" Few

Robert "Les" Emmerson

Robert "Robb" Earls

Robert "Robbie" Shakespeare

Robert "Robby" Steinhardt

Robert "Rockin' Rob" Aldridge

Robert Richards

Roberta Morales

Roberto "Elio Roca" Macceialli

Roberto "Palo" Pandolfo

Roberto Roena

Robin Le Mesurier

Robin McNamara

Robin Morton

Roger Englander

Roger Hawkins

Roger Newell

Roland Anthony Chirico

Ron "Snake" Reynolds

Ron Bushy

Ron Miles

Ronald "Ron" Anderson

Ronald "Ron" Cornelius

Ronald "Ron" Cuccia

Ronald "Ron" Tutt

Ronald "Ronnie" Falgout

Ronald "Ronny" Drayton

Ronnie Kidd

Ronnie Spector

Ronnie Wilson

Rosa Lee Hawkins

Rosalía Garrido 

Rosalie Trombley

Rose Beauchamp

Ruben Rodriguez

Rudy Salas

Ruth Olay

Sabah Fakhri

Sally Grossman

Salvador Lizárraga

Sam Lay

Sam Riddle

Sammy Clark

Samuel "Sam" Salter

Samuel "Wes" Phillips

Sandhya Mukherjee

Sandra Jaffe

Sandy Nelson

Sanford Clark

Sarah Dash

Sarah Harding

Scott Whitehead

Scotty Wray

Sebastião Tapajós 

Sérgio Brandão

Sergio Esquivel

Shaun "Kangol Kid" Shiller Fequiere

Shawn Cripps

Shorty Byrd

Shravan Rathod

Sidney Miller

Sidney Poitier

Simon Illa

Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry

Sister Janet Mead

Skibadee

Skilyr Hicks

Snootie Wild

Sonny Osborne

Sonny Simmons

Sonny Turner

Søren Holm

Spencer Nitchie

Stan Moress

Stanley Crouch

Stéphane Blet

Stephen J. Lawrence

Stephen Sondheim

Steve "Baba Zumbi" Gaines

Steve Bronski Forrest

Steve Salas

Steven "Steve Bronski" Forrest

Stonewall Jackson

Sudie Callaway

Sue Thompson

Sultan "Traxamillion" Banks

Sunil Pererea

Susan Anway

Susan Palo Cherwien

Suzanne "Jane Powell" Burce

Syl Johnson

Sylvano Bussotti

Sylvia Medford

Tam Harvey

Tatiana Chudova

Taylor Hawkins

TDott Woo

Tebogo "Steve" Kekena

Ted Gardner

Terence "Astro" Wilson

Teresa Żylis-Gara

Terry Shue

Terry Teachout

Terry Tolkin

Teruhiko Saigo

Theuns Jordaan

Thione Seck

Thom Moore

Thomas "Mensi" Mensforth

Thomas "Tom" Gray

Thomas "Tommy West" Picardo Jr.

Thomas "Tommy" Edwards

Thoppil Anto

Tim Akers

Timothy J. "The Gift of Gab" Parker

Tito Matos

Tohru "Monamour" Hiroshima

Tom Parker

Tom Starr

Tom T. Hall

Tommy "TT" Truesdale

Tommy DeBarge

Tommy Edwards

Tommy Neal

Tõnu Aare

Tony "Muffman" Williams

Tony MacMahon

Trevor Birdsong

Tsai "Fan Fan" Yi-fan

Tsepo Tshola

Udo Zimmerman

Uno Loop

Urban Haglund

Vanraj Bhatia

Veronica "Ronnie" Dunne

Veronica Dunne

Vicente Feliú

Vicente Fernández

Vicente Zarzo Pitarch

Victor Wood

Vince "CPO Boss Hogg" Edwards

Vincent "Slim 400" Cochran

Violeta Dávalos Lara

Virgil Abloh

Virginia "Ginny" Mancini

W. Royal Stokes

Walter "Herbie" Herbert II

Walter Barylli

Walter C. Blount

Walter Yetnikoff

Wanda Young

Warner Mack

Warner Williams

Warren Storm

Wayne Miller

Weerasak Sunthornsri

William "Ed" Bruce

William B. Shelby

William Kraft

WIlliam Shelby

William Vernon Pippin

Willie Garnett

Willie Leacox

Willie Winfield

Winfield Parker

Winona K Blackburn

Wyttenbach

Yoram Taharlev

Yoshimasa "Yoshi" Wada

Young Dolph

Yves "Lionel Leroy" Martin

Yves Aerts

Yvonne Sterling

Zhou Guangren

GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Baby Keem Celebrate "Family Ties" During Best Rap Performance Win In 2022
Baby Keem (left) at the 2022 GRAMMYs.

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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Baby Keem Celebrate "Family Ties" During Best Rap Performance Win In 2022

Revisit the moment budding rapper Baby Keem won his first-ever gramophone for Best Rap Performance at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards for his Kendrick Lamar collab "Family Ties."

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For Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar, The Melodic Blue was a family affair. The two cousins collaborated on three tracks from Keem's 2021 debut LP, "Range Brothers," "Vent," and "Family Ties." And in 2022, the latter helped the pair celebrate a GRAMMY victory.

In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, turn the clock back to the night Baby Keem accepted Best Rap Performance for "Family Ties," marking the first GRAMMY win of his career.

"Wow, nothing could prepare me for this moment," Baby Keem said at the start of his speech.

He began listing praise for his "supporting system," including his family and "the women that raised me and shaped me to become the man I am."

Before heading off the stage, he acknowledged his team, who "helped shape everything we have going on behind the scenes," including Lamar. "Thank you everybody. This is a dream."

Baby Keem received four nominations in total at the 2022 GRAMMYs. He was also up for Best New Artist, Best Rap Song, and Album Of The Year as a featured artist on Kanye West's Donda.

Press play on the video above to watch Baby Keem's complete acceptance speech for Best Rap Performance at the 2022 GRAMMYs, and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.

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Tribute to Tina Turner during the In Memoriam segment at the 2024 GRAMMYs.

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2024 GRAMMYs In Memoriam: Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz & More Pay Tribute To Late Icons

A star-studded tribute honored the late leading lights of the music industry. In a heartfelt and exciting segment, Tina Turner was remembered with a spirited cover of "Proud Mary" and while Stevie Wonder did a tender posthumous duet with Tony Bennett.

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Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder and more graced the GRAMMYs stage for a star-studded tribute to Tina Turner, Tony Bennett and other stars we lost in 2023. 

The In Memoriam segment of the 2024 GRAMMYs began with Wonder honoring the "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" crooner, who passed away in July after a long battle with Alzheimer's. With Wonder on piano and an ethereal, archival video of Bennett singing, the two created a tearjerker posthumous duet of "For Once in My Life" before transitioning into "The Best is Yet to Come."

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Next, a video memorialized Jimmy Buffett before a visibly emotional Annie Lennox appeared on stage with Wendy and Lisa to remember Sinead O'Connor with a tender cover of the late Irish alt pioneer's classic single "Nothing Compares 2 U." "Artists for ceasefire! Peace in the world!" the Eurythmics icon shouted with raised fist at the end of her performance.

Elsewhere during the In Memoriam package, Burt Bacharach was celebrated for his unmistakable impact on popular music throughout the 20th century. Then, Lenny Kravitz paid respect to Clarence Avant as the "Godfather of Black Music" with a tribute that included a performance of "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me" by Jon Batiste. Ann Nesby, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and others joined later to perform "Optimistic."

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Last but certainly not least, Oprah Winfrey ushered in a tribute to Turner, saying "Tina Turner was always a towering figure. She is our forever goddess of rock and roll who inspired millions, a moving symbol of grace and grit, soul and power…And as those big wheels of time keep on turnin’, Tina’s voice continues to speak to all of us." 

Following her remarks lionizing the Queen of Rock 'n Roll and nine-time GRAMMY winner, Oprah ceded the stage to Fantasia Barrino for a transcendent, celebratory performance (with much dancing, as Turner would have wanted) of "Proud Mary" that went from the stage to the audience and back.

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GRAMMY Rewind: Kendrick Lamar Honors Hip-Hop's Greats While Accepting Best Rap Album GRAMMY For 'To Pimp a Butterfly' In 2016
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GRAMMY Rewind: Kendrick Lamar Honors Hip-Hop's Greats While Accepting Best Rap Album GRAMMY For 'To Pimp a Butterfly' In 2016

Upon winning the GRAMMY for Best Rap Album for 'To Pimp a Butterfly,' Kendrick Lamar thanked those that helped him get to the stage, and the artists that blazed the trail for him.

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Updated Friday Oct. 13, 2023 to include info about Kendrick Lamar's most recent GRAMMY wins, as of the 2023 GRAMMYs.

A GRAMMY veteran these days, Kendrick Lamar has won 17 GRAMMYs and has received 47 GRAMMY nominations overall. A sizable chunk of his trophies came from the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards in 2016, when he walked away with five — including his first-ever win in the Best Rap Album category.

This installment of GRAMMY Rewind turns back the clock to 2016, revisiting Lamar's acceptance speech upon winning Best Rap Album for To Pimp A Butterfly. Though Lamar was alone on stage, he made it clear that he wouldn't be at the top of his game without the help of a broad support system. 

"First off, all glory to God, that's for sure," he said, kicking off a speech that went on to thank his parents, who he described as his "those who gave me the responsibility of knowing, of accepting the good with the bad."

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He also extended his love and gratitude to his fiancée, Whitney Alford, and shouted out his Top Dawg Entertainment labelmates. Lamar specifically praised Top Dawg's CEO, Anthony Tiffith, for finding and developing raw talent that might not otherwise get the chance to pursue their musical dreams.

"We'd never forget that: Taking these kids out of the projects, out of Compton, and putting them right here on this stage, to be the best that they can be," Lamar — a Compton native himself — continued, leading into an impassioned conclusion spotlighting some of the cornerstone rap albums that came before To Pimp a Butterfly.

"Hip-hop. Ice Cube. This is for hip-hop," he said. "This is for Snoop Dogg, Doggystyle. This is for Illmatic, this is for Nas. We will live forever. Believe that."

To Pimp a Butterfly singles "Alright" and "These Walls" earned Lamar three more GRAMMYs that night, the former winning Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and the latter taking Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (the song features Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat). He also won Best Music Video for the remix of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood." 

Lamar has since won Best Rap Album two more times, taking home the golden gramophone in 2018 for his blockbuster LP DAMN., and in 2023 for his bold fifth album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.

Watch Lamar's full acceptance speech above, and check back at GRAMMY.com every Friday for more GRAMMY Rewind episodes. 

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Remembering Clarence Avant: The Black Godfather, Renowned Entertainment Mentor & Recording Academy Honoree
Clarence Avant accepts the Industry Icons Award onstage during the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Clarence Avant at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 9, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California

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Remembering Clarence Avant: The Black Godfather, Renowned Entertainment Mentor & Recording Academy Honoree

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, L.A. Reid and Babyface, and Jimmy Iovine counted the entertainment pioneer as an essential piece of their success. The manager, label and broadcast media owner, and mentor died on Aug. 13 at age 92.

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Known variously as the Black Godfather, the Godfather of Black Music and the Godfather of Black Entertainment, industry legend Clarence Avant was a pioneer over some seven decades in entertainment. The manager, label and broadcast media owner, and mentor died on Aug. 13 at age 92.

The breadth of Avant’s impact cannot be overstated. For his myriad accomplishments — many of which were historic and groundbreaking — he received the Recording Academy's Trustees Award in 2008. In 2019, Avant received the GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award.

"Clarence Avant will forever be remembered as a trailblazer and changemaker whose commitment to music and the community paved the way for opportunity and greater inclusion within our industry," said Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. "He fundamentally transformed the musical landscape for the better. The depth of Clarence’s legacy will last for generations."

A lengthy list of luminaries in the worlds of entertainment, music, politics and more paid tribute to Avant on social media.

Photo of (L-R) Jay-Z, Clarence Avant and Sean Combs attend 2020 Roc Nation THE BRUNCH on January 25, 2020, in Los Angeles, California

(L-R) Jay-Z, Clarence Avant and Sean Combs attend 2020 Roc Nation THE BRUNCH on January 25, 2020, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation

Bill Clinton tweeted, "It was impossible to spend time with Clarence Avant and not come away feeling more positive and wanting to follow his example."

The Rev. Al Sharpton called Avant "a revolutionary," adding that "When people in the entertainment world were delegated to a near master/slave relationship, he broke through that wall of exploitation and made us respected business people.

"This man was singularly responsible for helping so many Black artists get paid their worth," civil rights attorney Sherrilyn Ifill tweeted.

Magic Johnson tweeted, "He knew how to touch every individual he met and meet them where they were in order to get them where they needed to be."

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation reflected on Avant's legacy:

Born Feb. 25, 1931, in North Carolina, Avant began his career under the tutelage of Louis Armstrong manager Joe Glaser. He would soon branch out on his own to manage artists including Sarah Vaughan, Freddie Hubbard and pioneering Black record producer Tom Wilson. Avant opened a Los Angeles office in 1964.

In 1967, Avant helped negotiate what is said to be the first joint venture between a Black artist and a major label when he mediated a deal for Motown writer-producer William "Mickey" Stevenson with MGM for the soul subsidiary Venture Records.

In 1969, Avant founded his own label, Sussex. The label’s first release was Cold Fact, the unsuccessful debut from the late Sixto Rodriguez, who would years later become the subject of the Oscar-winning doc Searching for Sugar Man. While it took 50 years for Rodriguez to get his due, such was not the case for other Sussex releases such as Dennis Coffey’s smash funky instrumental "Scorpio" and certainly not for Bill Withers, who from 1971 to 1972 had three singles go platinum or gold.

During this time, Avant also bought what became one of the first Black-owned U.S. radio stations, Los Angeles R&B outlet KTYM. Both this venture and Sussex would wind down by 1975, which led to Avant’s founding of Tabu Records.

It was at Tabu that Avant discovered the songwriting and production talents of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who had both been members of the Prince-owned band the Time. Jam and Lewis would create one of the most gravity-defying sounds of the ’80s, and Avant would eventually introduce them to Janet Jackson.

That kind of behind-the-scenes dot-connecting was the norm for Avant. He was considered an important mentor by Jam and Lewis, L.A. Reid and Babyface, industry titans Sylvia Rhone, Jheryl Busby, Jon Platt and Jimmy Iovine, and many others — including football great Jim Brown, whom Avant reportedly convinced to take up acting.

He was a political activist, especially for Black causes, and was an unofficial advisor to Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama.

He would also serve as Chairman of Motown Records and would become the first Black person to serve on the international management board for PolyGram. He was the subject of the 2019 documentary The Black Godfather.

In addition to his Recording Academy Trustees Award, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021 and is due to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Oct. 7.

There was no blueprint for Avant’s storied career. "I kept hearing about this guy Clarence Avant, but no one seemed to know what his actual official title was," Jim Brown recalled.

"My whole career has been like this," Avant once told Variety. "People ask me, ‘how did you do all this?’ How the f— do I know? I just do things. I just like to take shots."

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