Prince And George Michael Tributes Planned For 2017 GRAMMY Awards

Watch Music's Biggest Night on Feb. 12 to see who performs during these special segments.
Posted on Feb 8, 2017 | 06:15am
The music industry took two big hits in 2016 when Prince and George Michael passed away, on Apr. 21 and Dec. 25, respectively. 

To honor their legacies as pop-music visionaries, CBS and The Recording Academy will honor the legendary musicians with two unforgettable tribute segments during the 2017 GRAMMY Awards, which airs live on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

"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 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."

Performers and songs will not be announced in advance, so you'll have to watch the live broadcast to see who participates in the musical memorials.

However, allow us to remind you of the other artists confirmed to perform at the 2017 GRAMMY Awards.

As of now, in no particular order, the list of performers includes Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga, who will collaborate with hard-rock legends Metallica for a special performance.


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Best New Artist nominee Kelsea Ballerini and three-time nominee Lukas Graham (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record Of The Year) will each make their GRAMMY performance debuts. 

Then, in a special segment that will celebrate the music of the Bee Gees, current 2017 GRAMMY nominee Demi Lovato, as well as Andra Day and Tori Kelly will team up to honor the 40th anniversary of the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack

Cynthia Erivo, whose performance in The Color Purple is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album, will join John Legend to pay tribute to those from the music community who've passed away this year.

Adele will greet the crowd on Feb. 12, as will Bruno Mars

A handful of collaborations are also expected to blow the roof off, including The Weeknd with Daft Punk, Anderson .Paak with A Tribe Called Quest, and Alicia Keys with Maren Morris.

Let's also not forget about Carrie Underwood, Metallica, and Keith Urban, plus Sturgill Simpson, Chance The Rapper, Little Big Town, and William Bell and Gary Clark J, who will perform a special duet

Stay tuned for more special announcements before the main event!

Stream the 2017 GRAMMY Awards on-demand.