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Prince is universally regarded as one of the most important musicians of all time, known for his genre-pushing creations and for advocating for the rights of all artists. The Recording Academy chose to honor his legacy with a tribute at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards with a performance by Usher, Sheila E., and FKA Twigs.
The performance began after a heartfelt introduction by Alicia Keys, who thanked him for allowing him to sample his song "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore" for her own hit in 2001. Usher was then revealed on the stage, performing Prince's hit "Little Red Corvette" in a shimmery tux. He wold go onto perform "When Doves Cry" and "Kiss," with FKA Twigs dancing alongside him, and frequent Prince collaborator Sheila E joining the two on the drums.
Before his death in April 2016, Prince won seven Grammy Awards from his music career, for his album Purple Rain and songs like "Musicology" and "Future Baby Mama," along with the Grammy President's Merit Award in 1985.
Tyler, the Creator Enlists Charlie Wilson & Boyz II Men For "Earfquake" And "New Magic Wand" Grammys Performance
Tyler, the Creator hit the stage to perform singles from his Best Rap Album nominated IGOR album at the 62 Annual Grammy Awards show on Sunday night (Jan. 26).
The eclectic recording artist kicked things off with a soulful rendition of his single "Earfquake" with Boyz II Men and the legendary The Gap Band singer Charley Wilson lending their smooth vocals to the chorus. As the song transitioned into his other single "New Magic Wand," dozens of Tyler look-alikes swarmed the stage to deliver an energetic performance filled with fire, pyrotechnics galore, pink suits and blonde bobs.
All done in true Tyler fashion. Well done. Watch his performance below.
YALL GON STOP COUNTING ME OUT!
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) January 27, 2020
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