Country stars honor Vegas, Manchester victims in moving Grammys performance

Kelvin Reese
January 31, 2018

Along with Eric Church, the acts will pay tribute to victims of tragedies and live music events.

Numerous performances required tissues, including the Time's Up tribute with Kesha singing her hit "Praying" and Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris & Eric Church's rendition of Eric Clapton classic "Tears in Heaven" remembering the lives lost at the Las Vegas Route 91 Festival massacre. The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in recent USA history.

Tragedy struck the night of October 1 in Las Vegas when, during Jason Aldean's closing set at the Route 91 Harvest festival, a gunman opened fire, killing 58 and leaving hundreds more wounded.

"All of country music was reminded in the most tragic way then connection we share with fans and the loving power that music will always provide", said Eric Church who seemed to struggle to speak.

Morris dedicated the song to music fans who lost their lives in Las Vegas, and added that "a continent away, the same was true in Manchester, England".

No Grammy for Sanders
Fisher beat out other luminaries Neil deGrasse Tyson , Bruce Springsteen , Bernie Sanders And Mark Ruffalo , and Shelly Peiken . During the show, the Jewish actor and singer Ben Platt performed a touching tribute to 21-time Grammy victor Leonard Bernstein.

The Grammys performance was intended "to honor those who lost, we wanted to come together and honor the memory of the music souls so suddenly taken from us", Morris told the Grammys audience.

And months earlier, a deadly explosive packed with nails went off outside an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

Kristen Evans called it the "most emotional moment of the night".

"Soda water & [lemon] + sit with [Thomas Rhett] & [Charles Kelly] + freak the f*** out over [Alicia Keys] tributing Jay-Z + get a shout out from Clive about you and your fiancé = Perfect GRAMMY kickoff", Morris wrote in the caption. She is also nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for her song "I Could Use a Love Song".

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