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Grammys 2024: Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox Honour Music’s Late Greats

February 6, 2024 9:40 am in by Pip Doyle
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy / Getty Images: Photo by JC Olivera/WireImage)

Some of the music industry’s greats paid tribute to a host of late greats during the In Memoriam segment of the 2024 Grammy Awards.

Stevie Wonder opened the performance ‘For Once In My Life’ and the Tony Bennett cover ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’…

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…before Annie Lennox covered an emotional cover of the late Sinéad O’Connor’s global smash ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’.

Towards the end, Lennox exclaimed, “artists for cease fire, peace in the world”, which copped mixed reactions but was generally well received – one describing the activism as “the most meaningful and honest way to honour Sinéad’s memory.”

Fantasia Barrino also gave a show-stopping rendition of Tina Turner’s ‘Proud Mary’ during the multi-performance segment.

In Memoriam segment also honoured Jimmy Buffett, Shane MacGowan, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tugoy the Dove, Ahmad Jamal, Andy Rourke, Rudolph Isley, Mary Weiss, Burt Bacharach, Gangsta Boo, Les McCann, Denny Laine, Chita Rivera, Jane Birkin, Wayne Kramer, David Lindley, Randy Meisner, Charlie Robison, Michael Rhodes, Gary Rossington, Gary Wright, Terry Kirkman, George Winston, Melanie, Jean Knight, Rodriquez, Marlena Shaw, Russell Batiste Jr., Rita Lee, Bobby Caldwell, Aaron Spears, Magoo, and Gordon Lightfoot.

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