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2017 GRAMMY Awards to Pay Tribute to Prince and George Michael

by Raphael Chestang 7:00 PM PST, February 08, 2017
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The music industry will pay homage to two of its biggest icons at the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday.

Prince and George Michael, who both died last year, will each receive tribute segments during the awards show, the Recording Academy announced on Wednesday.

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"George Michael and Prince were pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma," Academy CEO Neil Portnow said in a 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."

Prince earned seven GRAMMY awards over the span of his prolific career, while Michael was bestowed with the distinction twice.

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Specific details about the tributes, including who will participate, are not yet known, but previously announced performers at Sunday's ceremony include Adele, Chance the Rapper, Tori Kelly, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Lukas Graham, Bruno Mars, Metallica, Maren Morris, Anderson .Paak, Katy Perry, A Tribe Called Quest, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and The Weeknd.

"While the primary focus of the GRAMMY Awards is to celebrate and honor the year's best in music, we consider it our responsibility to tell music's broader story by honoring its legends lost-that's what we strive to achieve with our annual tributes," said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the GRAMMY Awards. "While it's nearly impossible to convey the full depth of an artist's cultural impact in a single performance, it's that very challenge that has led us to some of our most memorable GRAMMY moments."

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After David Bowie's death last year, Gaga paid tribute to the artist with a stunning performance while dressed in a white suit and red hair.

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, hosted by James Corden, will air live on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT on CBS.

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