2016 was a banner year for tragedy in the music community. Two of music's pillar performers--Prince and George Michael--were unfortunately taken way long before their time. Their legacies will continue to live on for years to come, and rightfully so. To honor their impact, The Recording Academy revealed on Wednesday morning (Feb. 8) they will be celebrated with two separate tribute performances. Details on who exactly will participate are forthcoming.
"George Michael and Prince were pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma," says Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, in a press statement. "While each possessed a distinct style and sound, they were both adored by audiences worldwide. The passings 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."
Both performers are previous Grammy winners. Michael earned his first nomination in 1984 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go." He would later nab his first golden gramophone in 1987 for his duet with Aretha Franklin called "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)" in the Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal category. In 1988, he walked away with the Album of the Year distinction for his solo debut LP, Faith.
Prince won seven Grammys in his career, including Best R&B Performance By a Duo Or Group With Vocal for "Kiss" in 1986 and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Future Baby Mama" in 2007.
This year's star-studded Grammy lineup includes performances from Anderson .Paak with A Tribe Called Quest, The Weeknd & Daft Punk, Lukas Graham, Gary Clark Jr., Sturgill Simpson, Chance the Rapper, Little Big Town with Tori Kelly, Demi Lovato and Andra Day, Adele, Katy Perry, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Metallica with Lady Gaga, and many more.
The 59th Grammy Awards will be hosted by James Corden and go live Sunday (Feb. 12) at 8/7c.
Stay tuned to AXS.com for any and all updates.