Neil Portnow, President and CEO of The Recording Academy, said in a statement that George Michael and Prince were pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and other worldly charisma.
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, elaborates Portnow.
Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich talked about the delicate balance the award show faced following a year that saw many musician deaths, including David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Prince, Leonard Cohen and, on Christmas, George Michael. Bowie and Frey were remembered at the 2016 Grammys, reports the Rolling Stone.
Elrich said that they have got a lot of people incredibly excited about being nominated so he does not want to deny them by devoting a third of the show to people who’ve passed away.
And true to the reports that came out in the afternoon prior to the 2017 Grammy Awards night, Prince’s music finally became available on streaming services during the night.
In addition to Bruno Mars, The Time, and Adele, other performers during the 2017 Grammy Awards were Daft Punk, Chance, Lady Gaga, and Metallica.