Grammy Salute to Music Legends - 2020 (Great Performances)
Premieres Friday, Oct. 16 at 9 p.m.
RECORDING ACADEMY® TO HONOR 2020 SPECIAL MERIT AWARD RECIPIENTS WITH AN ECLECTIC LINEUP OF PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS
Annual Awards and Tribute Concert Takes on New Virtual Format
The Recording Academy® will honor its 2020 Special Merit Awards recipients with "Great Performances: GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends®," an awards ceremony and tribute concert hosted by Jimmy Jam on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at 9 p.m. on Southern Oregon PBS, pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app. Announced earlier this year, the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Chicago, RobertaFlack, IsaacHayes, IggyPop, JohnPrine, PublicEnemy, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Ken Ehrlich, Philip Glass and Frank Walker received Trustees Award honors, and GeorgeAugspurger was recognized with the Technical GRAMMY® Award. Mickey Smith Jr. will also accept the Music Educator Award™ as this year’s recipient.
Performers include Laurie Anderson, Philip Bailey, Brandi Carlile, Cynthia Erivo, Chris Isaak, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires,Cyndi Lauper, Sam Moore,Leslie Odom, Jr., and Yola. Presenters include Rhiannon Giddens, Joe Mantegna, John Legend, LL COOL J, Greg Phillinganes, Henry Rollins, and Don Was.
Original performances by (honorees in bold type):
“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” — Performed by Cynthia Erivo
“Where Is The Love” — Performed by Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom, Jr.
“If You Leave Me Now” — Performed by Philip Bailey
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
“Up Above My Head, I Hear Music In The Air” — Performed by Yola
“Soul Man” / “I Thank You” / “You Don’t Know Like I Know” / “Hold On, I'm Comin'” / “You Got Me Hummin’” / “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby” — Performed by Sam Moore
“Gee Whiz” — Performed by Laurie Anderson
“Your Cheatin’ Heart” — Performed by Chris Isaak
“Time After Time” — Performed by Cyndi Lauper
“Storm Windows” — Performed by Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires
“I Remember Everything” — Performed by Brandi Carlile
This is the fifth year the Recording Academy has celebrated the Special Merit Awards with a stand-alone TV event and musical tribute, but the first year that it has been produced without an audience and in different locations due to COVID-19’s impact on live events. In addition to the tribute concert, the special will feature archival video packages celebrating each of the honorees' contributions to the music industry and its cultural heritage.