The 2023 Grammy Awards was an evening of celebration, remembrance, and tribute. During the In Memoriam segment, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, and Mick Fleetwood joined forces to pay tribute to the late Christine McVie. This stunning performance was a fitting tribute to the legendary songwriter and musician.
The tribute began with Kacey Musgraves singing a beautiful cover of Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter” to honor the late singer. Quavo then took the stage with Maverick City Music to pay tribute to his nephew Takeoff, who passed away in November.
The segment continued with audio of Crosby, Stills, and Nash’s “Guinnevere,” written by David Crosby who passed away last month. The names of other lost trailblazers like Coolio, Olivia Newton-John, Lisa Marie Presley, and more were also displayed on the screen. The segment also honored Andrew Fletcher, Anita Pointer, Keith Levene, Ramsey Lewis, Gal Costa, DJ Kay Slay, Jim Seals, Irene Cara, King Crimson’s Ian MacDonald, Thom Bell, Bobby Rydell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Allison, the Rascals’ Dino Danelli, Alec John Such, Fred E. White, Tyrone Downie, Ronnie Hawkins, Hurricane G, Andrew Woolfolk, Donald “Tabby” Shaw, Sam Gooden, Jeff Cook, Lamont Dozier, Vangelis, and more.
Crow and Raitt closed the In Memoriam tributes with a gorgeous rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Songbird,” written by McVie. They took turns singing the Rumours classic, while Fleetwood provided percussion. The band shared of McVie in a statement: “She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure. She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life. We were so lucky to have a life with her.”
The 2023 Grammy Awards provided a fitting tribute to the many musicians who have left us in the last year. The performance by Raitt, Crow, and Fleetwood was a powerful and emotional tribute to the late Christine McVie. It was a beautiful reminder that the legacy of these beloved musicians will live on forever.