GRAMMYs 2018: Maren Morris, Eric Church, Brothers Osborne Offer Heartfelt Tribute to Victims of Gun Violence

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Music is healing. 

Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne offered a heartfelt performance in honor of the victims of gun violence in 2017 during Sunday's GRAMMY Awards telecast, collaborating on Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven." Behind the group, a backdrop featuring the names of several victims were featured prominently. 

All three acts had participated in the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last year, when a gunman opened fire on concertgoers, killing 58 people and injuring more than 850 others. The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history. 

"I feel like the bond between the fans and us has strengthened, in an unfortunate way, but I played in the U.K. shortly after all that happened and I played in Manchester and London and there are country music fans everywhere," Morris told ET's Cameron Mathison and Nischelle Turner on the red carpet. "I felt like we bonded even more. I think it's a testament to know that no one's going to stop going to shows, no one's gonna stop loving music, that's the universal thing we all have in common. So, it's cool to be doing this song tonight at the GRAMMYs. I'm just glad I don't have to do it myself."

When announcing the tribute earlier this month, Morris reflected on her own experience at Route 91 and the connection she holds with her co-performers.

"I will never forget talking to Brothers Osborne after we played Route 91," she wrote on Instagram. "I will never forget hearing Eric Church play 'Why Not Me' after Route 91. Honored to tribute the victims of concert violence with my good friends at the GRAMMYs this year. Music heals."

"Getting to honor the victims lost in last year's tragedies is going to be heavy," Brothers Osborne added, "but we hope it can help heal at least a little."

For more ET coverage of the 2018 GRAMMY Awards, click here. 

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