In collaboration with the Recording Academy®, Great Performances presents the fifth annual all-star special showcasing 2020 Special Merit Awards recipients, including Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Chicago, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Iggy Pop, John Prine, Public Enemy and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
-Next on 'Great Performances'... -♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head -...the Recording Academy honors brilliant careers in music... -I spent more than 50 years of singing songs by Isaac Hayes.
-...the truly inspiring... -We wanted to hold a mirror up to America.
-♪ Fight the power -...the unforgettable music... -♪ Where is the love?
-♪ Where is the love? ♪ -♪ Your cheatin' heart ♪ -♪ Time after time -...the legends. -Punk on.
-Nobody sang John Prine like John Prine.
-I will treasure it for the rest of my life.
-Join us to celebrate music's best with the 'Grammy Salute to Music Legends.'
-The Recording Academy presents 'A Grammy Salute to Music Legends,' honoring the groundbreaking music of Chicago... -♪ You didn't have to love me like you did ♪ ...the sophisticated voice of Roberta Flack... -♪ But you did, you did, and I thank you ♪ ...the singular, raw power of Iggy Pop... -♪ You didn't have to squeeze me like you did, ohh ♪ ...the man who discovered some of the most significant recording artists of the 20th century, Frank Walker... -♪ If you took your love to someone else ♪ ...the long, varied, and impactful career of legendary soul man Isaac Hayes... -♪ Loved to death, you made me... ♪ -...one of the most influential and game-changing composers over the past five decades, Philip Glass... the godmother of rock 'n' roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe... -♪ But you did -...acclaimed television producer and creator of countless Grammy moments Ken Ehrlich... one of the most influential forces in hip-hop history, Public Enemy... -♪ And I thank you, listen ...and the highly respected singer-songwriter John Prine.
-♪ Thank you, yes, I do ♪♪ ♪ Thank you ♪ Oh, thank you -Welcome to the 'Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2020,' a year like no other.
I'm Jimmy Jam,standing here socially distanced in the Los Angeles home of the Recording Academy.
When this year began, we had exciting plans to gather together to celebrate lifetimes of achievement by legends who changed the course of music history.
History, sadly, had other plans.
Indeed, we are heartbroken that one of our honorees this year, the great singer-songwriter John Prine, became one early casualty of this international pandemic.
But in trying times, perhaps as much, if not more than in good times, music is a source of solace and strength.
And so in this year like no other, we are bringing you a Grammy salute like no other.
You can be sure that our passion to celebrate music legends is not virtual, but as real as ever.
And so this year, we willcontinue to celebrate excellence in our world of music by both performers and nonperformers.
And now let's salute an internationally acclaimed artist, a singular songstress who has been making Grammy and music history since the first time ever we saw her face... and heard her distinctive voice, the one and only Roberta Flack.
-♪ Strumming my pain with his fingers ♪ ♪ Singing my life with his words ♪ ♪ Killing me softly with his song ♪ ♪ Killing me softly ♪ With his song ♪ Telling my whole life with his words ♪ ♪ Killing me softly ♪ With his song -A sophisticated and influential recording artist for more than half a century, Roberta Flack started piano lessons at the age of 9, and by the time she was 13, young Roberta had already won a statewide piano competition.
Flack was equally gifted academically, graduating high school at age 15 and earning a piano scholarship to Howard University, where she eventually majored in voice, even becoming an assistant conductor to the university choir.
-♪ He looked at me one day ♪ Chased my blues away -Flack went on to teach music in the Washington, D.C., area and then was discovered by the great jazz pianist and vocalist Les McCann while playing in an area nightclub.
In the liner notes to 'First Take,' Flack's inspired 1969 debut for Atlantic Records produced by Joel Dorn, McCann wrote, 'Her voice touched, tapped, trapped, and kicked every emotion I've ever known.'
Flack's commercial fortunes improved dramatically when Clint Eastwood featured 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' from her debut in his 1972 film, 'Play Misty for Me.'
This was only just the beginning of a remarkable run, including Flack winning the Grammy for Record of the Year for that performance and winning the same honor again in 1973 for her recording of 'Killing Me Softly with His Song.'
-♪ If you wanna kiss me -In 1972, Flack started collaborating with another extraordinary young talent, Donny Hathaway, leading to more classics, including the Grammy-winning 'Where Is the Love' and 'The Closer I Get to You' before Hathaway's tragic death in 1979.
Flack would go on to release more notable work in the '80s and '90s, including hit duets with Peabo Bryson and Maxi Priest.
And now in the 21st century, Roberta Flack has continued her remarkable lifetime of musical achievement.
-♪ Sweet as the gravity [ Cheers and applause ] -Here to honor Roberta Flack, a Grammy, Tony, and Emmy winner and an Oscar nominee, Cynthia Erivo.
♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ The first time ♪ Ever I saw your face ♪♪ ♪ I thought the sun ♪ Rose in your eyes ♪♪ ♪ And the moon and stars ♪ Were the gifts you gave ♪♪ ♪ To the dark ♪ And the endless skies ♪♪ ♪ And the first time ♪ Ever I kissed ♪ Your mouth ♪♪ ♪ I felt the earth ♪ Move in my hand ♪♪ ♪ Like the trembling heart ♪ Of a captive bird ♪♪ ♪ That was there ♪ At my command ♪ My love ♪♪ ♪ And the first time ♪ Ever I lay with you ♪♪ ♪ I felt your heart ♪ So close to mine ♪♪ ♪ And I knew our joy ♪ Would fill the earth ♪♪ ♪ And last ♪ Till the end of time ♪ My love ♪♪ ♪ And the first time ♪ Ever I saw ♪ Your face ♪ Your face ♪ Your f-a-a-ace ♪ Your f-a-a-a-ace Hello. I'm Cynthia Erivo. And it is so much more than a virtual honor to help honor the great Roberta Flack with her Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Roberta Flack set the stage for so many artists to follow.
Nearly half a century before I won a Grammy, Miss Flack was beginning a Grammy-winning streak that established her as one of the defining artists of the '70s.
That same artistry has made her one of the most beloved and respected musical figures on the global stage ever since.
Roberta once said,'See every opportunity as golden and keep your eyes on the prize -- yours, not anybody else's.'
And now my friend and fellow Flack fan, Leslie Odom Jr., and I are here in the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California, to duet on a song that Miss Flack and her late, great friend, Donny Hathaway, made famous with a Grammy-winning performance.
-Flack fan indeed.
One of the biggest Flack fans you'll ever meet!
This, Miss Flack, is for you with respect and love.
Your version of 'Where is the Love.'
-A-one, two, three, and... -♪ Where is the love?
-♪ Where is the love?
-♪ Where is the love?
-♪ Where is the love?
-♪ Where is the love?
-♪ Where is the love?
-♪ Where is the love?
-♪ Where is the love you said you'd give to me ♪ ♪ Soon as you were free?
♪ Will it ever be?
♪ Where is the love?
♪ You told me that you didn't love him ♪ ♪ And you were gonna say goodbye ♪ ♪ But if you really didn't mean it ♪ ♪ Why did you have to lie?
-♪ Where is the love you said was mine, all mine ♪ ♪ Till the end of time?
-♪ Was it just a lie?
♪ Where is the love?
-♪ If you had had a sudden change of heart ♪ ♪ I wish that you would tell me so ♪ ♪ Don't leave me hangin' onto promises ♪ ♪ You've got to let me know -♪ Whoa, oh, oh, whoa, oh -[ Scatting ] -[ Scatting ] -[ Scatting ] ♪♪ -♪ Oh, how I wish I never met you ♪ ♪ I guess it must have been my fate ♪ ♪ To fall in love with someone else's love ♪ ♪ All I can do is wait -♪ That's all I can do ♪ Hey, hey, yeah -♪ Where is the love?
-♪ Where is the love?
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♪♪ -And now on behalf of the Recording Academy, it is my tremendous honor to present the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to the great Roberta Flack.
-Music is everything to me.
Thank you to all of the people from across the world... I'm gonna cry.
...who have listened to my music and responded with honesty and kindness.
Thank you for letting me into your hearts and allowing my music to be a part of you.
Together, we have shared life's triumphs, sorrows, joys, and dreams.
All of it matters -- each story in each heart.
Challenge yourself to never give up trying to find what matters most and give that to the world.
-When I was a kid,the first concert I ever went to was by this next enduring band.
I went with my parents, and if I remember right, we sat behind the stage.
I think it was because those were the cheap seats.
But it gave me the perfect vantage point to study these legends very closely -- Chicago.
[ '25 or 6 to 4' plays ] -Forged in the jazzy, soulful, and bluesy music scene of the Windy City, Chicago, originally known as The Big Thing, and then soon after renamed Chicago Transit Authority, was formed in 1967 by the late, great guitarist Terry Kath, Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, Walt Parazaider, and Danny Seraphine.
-♪ I'm addicted to you, babe ♪ You're a hard habit to break -Chicago soon became one ofthe most commercially successful and musically groundbreaking groups in the rock world, with a wildly popular and tremendously ambitious series of numbered album releases, including single, double, and triple albums that combine the power of a guitar-driven rock band with a powerful horn section and a daring sense of musical adventure.
Tour after tour, the group became phenomenally successful, with the group's success at FM radio further fueled by what would become more than 20 top-ten singles, as well as 25 platinum albums.
[ 'Make Me Smile' plays ] The tragic death in 1978 of guitar hero Terry Kath, one of the group'smany gifted singers and writers, was a terrible blow to Chicago.
-♪ If you leave me now -Yet, somehow, the band has continued to perform and record into the 21st century.
And through all the changes, Chicago has consistently remained a very Big Thing indeed.
[ 'Does Anybody Really KnowWhat Time It Is?' finale plays ] -Hi. I'm Joe Mantegna.
And I go back so far with Chicago that they weren't even Chicago when we became friends.
Now, this was 1966, and some of the guys were in a band called the Missing Links, and I was in a band called the Apocryphals, and we were both booked to play the Kentucky State Fair that summer.
Now, I'll never forget looking at the Missing Links thinking, 'Wow. These guys, they're, like, real musicians.'
Because I think I knew about four notes on the bass guitar, and they seemed to know everything.
That was Walt Parazaider, Terry Kath, and Danny Seraphine.
And a few months later, we were playing at the Cheetah, a rock nightclub in Chicago, and Walt and some of the guys came and told me, 'Hey, we're thinking of changing up the group.
We're going to add a few more horns, add some musicians, like, make it guys.'
And when those guys left the room, we thought, 'These guys are nuts.'
Because we could barely pay four guys, much less seven.
Well, needless to say, a year later, I had given up my life as a rock star to try another thing, acting, and someone ran up to me with a record album and said, 'Hey.
Aren't these Chicago Transit Authority guys your friends?'
With Robert Lamm, James Pankow,Lee Loughnane, and Peter Cetera, they were seven.
And together they changed music forever.
Here to honor Chicago, an extraordinary singer from another legendary group with deep Chicago roots, from Earth, Wind & Fire, here's Philip Bailey.
-Chicago, a much deserved congratulations from Earth, Wind & Fire and your gazillion fans on your Lifetime Achievement Award.
And to honor you, we've done something special.
With the genius of Mr. Greg Phillinganes and Dean Parks, we've done one of my favorite songs, 'If You Leave Me Now.'
Here it goes.
-Two, three, four... ♪♪ -♪ If you leave me now ♪ You'll take away the biggest part of me ♪ ♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh, no ♪ Baby, please don't go ♪♪ ♪ And if you leave me now ♪ You'll take away the very heart of me ♪ ♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh, no ♪ Baby, please don't go ♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh, no ♪ I just want you to stay ♪♪ ♪ A love like ours is love that's hard to find ♪ ♪♪ -♪ How could we let it slip away? ♪ ♪♪ -♪ We've come too far to leave it all behind ♪ ♪♪ -♪ How could we end it all this way? ♪ -♪ When tomorrow comes ♪ And we both regret ♪ The things we said today ♪♪ ♪ Ohh-ohh-ooh-ohh ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ A love like ours is love that's hard to find ♪ ♪♪ -♪ How could we let it slip away? ♪ ♪♪ -♪ We've come too far to leave it all behind ♪ ♪♪ -♪ How could we end it all this way? ♪ -♪ When tomorrow comes ♪ And we both regret ♪ The things we said today ♪ And if you leave me now ♪ You'll take away the biggest part of me ♪ ♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh, no ♪ Baby, please don't go ♪♪ ♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh, no ♪ Baby, please don't go ♪♪ ♪ Oh-oh-oh, girl ♪ I just got to have your lovin', yeah ♪ ♪♪ ♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh, no ♪ Baby, please ♪ Don't go ♪ Don't go ♪ -On behalf of the Recording Academy, it's my pleasure to present the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to my pals, Chicago.
-Want to thank Joe Mantegna for presenting us with this Lifetime Achievement Award.
We've known Joe for a long, long time, back to the -- when we first started in the clubs.
And as a matter of fact, his band came in and substituted for us one night when we got fired for playing original music.
And, uh, who knew we'd get this far?
It was about as remote to get a Lifetime Achievement Award as it is for a global pandemic to hit.
So, anyway, thank you very much, NARAS.
Thank you to all of our fans.
Stay safe. And we shall see you soon.
-I'd like to thank the Recording Academy for this great award.
It means the world to me.
There are a number of people that I need to acknowledge that helped us along the way.
James Guercio, Irving Azoff, Howard Kaufman, Phil Ramone, David Foster, and Peter Schivarelli for help carrying on the legacy.
I really have to thank my former bandmates, and I hope that someday we can get together and toast to the great music that we've created that has stood the test of time.
And my beautiful family. My wife, Pamela.
Very, very special thanks to the Chicago fans.
Without you, we'd be nothing.
I love and respect you all.
-Hi. I'm Michelle Kath Sinclair.
And I am beyond honored and excited to accept this Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of my father, Terry Kath, the lead guitarist and one of the founding members of the band Chicago.
Thank you to the Academy for honoring my father and his bandmates for their contribution to music and contributing to 'The Terry Kath Experience.'
-I'd like to thank all of the people responsible for this truly great honor -- the Grammy Recording Academy... our manager, Peter Schivarelli... and, of course, all the fans that have supported us over the years.
Also my bandmates.
It has been my joy and pleasure to have created music and to have worked with them for decades.
And last but not least, my wife, JacLynn, and my whole family, as well.
Thanks for the love and support.
-As a founding member with Chicago, it's overwhelming to be honored for music we've spent our lifetime composing, recording, and performing.
I thank the Recording Academy, Peter Schivarelli Management, Rob Light at CAA, Mike Engstrom at Warner Music, and the folks at BMG Music.
Special thanks go to my wife, Joy, for her love and support.
Love to Kate, Sean, and Sacha.
Thanks also to our fans, our peers, and lovers of music the world over.
As we all step into new realities of acceptance, awareness, and justice, I look forward to the future of music and continuing to share ours with you.
-On behalf of my brothers in the band, I want to say how grateful and how humbled I am by this very special acknowledgment from the Academy and our peers.
This is a big button on a very long career.
53 years on the road, almost 150 million albums later, we're still able to do what we do best, and that's entertain and put smiles on faces.
Speaking of working again, we've been talking to Philip Bailey and the Earth, Wind & Fire camp about doing one more run together on the road.
They're great guys, and there's no concert I have ever been a part of that is more incredible.
But in the meantime, I want to thank the Academy for this amazing acknowledgment.
It's very special, and I will treasure it for the rest of my life.
-Our next honoree passed on almost 50 years ago, but every year, the part she played in our musical history seems to become more profound.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
-♪ I'm gonna lay down my heavy load ♪ ♪ Down by the riverside -Sister Rosetta Tharpe, known as the Godmother of Rock 'n' Roll and the original soul sister, was a musical force who broke down barriers for countless other artists in a variety of genres.
Born Rosetta Nubin in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, in 1915, she came from a family of gospel singers, cotton pickers, and evangelists.
She started playing guitar when she was only 4 years old, and by age 6, Rosetta joined her mother's traveling evangelical troupe, billed as a 'singing and guitar-playing miracle.'
-♪ When the saints go marching in ♪ ♪ You know, when the saints go marching in ♪ ♪ I wanna be, wanna be, wanna be, wanna be ♪ ♪ Wanna be one in that number ♪ When the saints go marching in ♪ -In 1938, under the name Rosetta Tharpe, after her first marriage, she recorded her first songs for Decca Records.
Early gems like 'That's All,' 'The Lonesome Road,' and the fittingly titled 'Rock Me' helped turn Sister Rosetta into one of gospel music's first popular sensations.
As a deeply soulful vocalist and with her pioneering use of the electric guitar, Sister Rosetta became a profound influence on R&B and, later, rock 'n' roll.
Tharpe would collaborate with numerous other greats, including Duke Ellington and The Dixie Hummingbirds, and recorded with the Jordanaires way before Elvis Presley, who later became one of her many notable fans.
-♪ It's on the way to glory -On October 9, 1973, on the eve of a scheduled recording session, Sister Rosetta Tharpe died, but this influential talent's extraordinary impact only seems to grow with time.
-♪ This tr-a-a-a-ain [ Cheers and applause ] [ Bell tolling ] -Hello. I'm Yola.
And I'm here in Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, the mother church of country music, to help the Recording Academy honor a woman who made music history in many genres, Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Earlier this year, I was preparing to play Sister Rosetta Tharpe in a major motion picture, but the truth is there was only ever one Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
There was no script for this woman.
She wrote her own groundbreaking story.
And this is how Sister Rosetta Tharpe gave us all her own gospel truth.
[ Drumsticks clicking ] ♪♪ -♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I really do believe, yeah, I really do believe ♪ ♪ There's a heaven somewhere -♪ There's a heaven somewhere -♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head -♪ I hear trouble in the air -♪ I hear trouble in the air -♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head -♪ I hear trouble in the air -♪ I hear trouble in the air -♪ Up above my head ♪ Head, head -♪ Up above my head -♪ I hear trouble in the air -♪ I hear trouble in the air -♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, -♪ I really do believe, yeah, I really do believe ♪ ♪ There's a heaven somewhere -♪ There's a heaven ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ Up above my head -♪ Ohh-ohh-ohh!
-♪ I hear music in the air -[ Scatting ] -♪ I really do believe, yeah, I really do believe ♪ ♪ There's a heaven somewhere -♪ There's a heaven somewhere -♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ Up above my head ♪ Head, head -♪ Up above my head -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ Ohh-ohh-ohh!
-♪ And I really do believe, yeah, I really do believe ♪ ♪ There's a heaven somewhere -♪ There's a heaven somewhere -♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ Up above my head -♪ Head, head -♪ Up above my head -♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air -[ Scatting ] -♪ I really do believe, yeah, I really do believe ♪ ♪ There's a heaven somewhere -♪ Heaven somewhere [ Finale plays ] -Nobody could sing or play Sister Rosetta like she did.
Just take a look at this remarkable performance of 'Didn't It Rain' that Sister Rosetta gave in a train station in Manchester, England, back in 1964.
♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Didn't it rain, children [ Cheers and applause ] ♪ Rain, oh, yes ♪ Didn't it, yes, didn't it, you know it did ♪ ♪ Didn't it?
♪ Oh, oh, yes ♪ How it rained ♪ I said it rained, children ♪ Rained, oh, yes ♪ Didn't it, yes, didn't it, you know it did ♪ ♪ Didn't it ♪ Oh, my Lord, how it rained ♪♪ ♪ I know it rained, you know it rained ♪ ♪ Rained too long, all night long ♪ ♪ Rained all day, rained all night ♪ ♪ Rain, rain, rain, rain, it rained ♪ ♪ Rain, rain, rain, rain, it rained ♪ ♪ Rain, children ♪ Rain, oh, yes ♪ Didn't it, yes, didn't it, you know it did ♪ ♪ Didn't it ♪ Oh, my Lord ♪ How it r-a-a-ained [ Cheers and applause ] -My name is Rhiannon Giddens, and I'm here in Ireland in front of this beautiful church because Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a woman of the church.
But the special thing about herwas that she was equally at home in the world of rock 'n' roll.
And her special and innovative guitar playing inspired legions of players to follow her.
Before her, things sounded very different than after she came on the scene.
So it is with great honor that I'm here to present, on behalf of the Recording Academy, the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, guitar player extraordinaire, singer, and all-around incredible personality.
Accepting on her behalf, her granddaughter, Angela.
-I would like her legacy to still live on.
And I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for this award.
This is an honor to me and my family.
Thank you so much.
-'Lust for Life' is not just the name of one of our next honoree's greatest hits.
It's also a pretty good description of how he's earned the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award.
-I get a lot of my influence,like, from the electric shavers.
And, uh... -[ Laughter ] -It's true. No, it's true.
-No, but it's funny how those sou-- You don't realize how the sound is -- What did you do to those nice people out there?
They believe you.
-♪ I'm a real wild one, wild one, wild one, wild one ♪ -The man who would achieve worldwide fame as Iggy Pop was born James Newell Osterberg in Muskegon, Michigan.
He played in a variety of high-school bands in Ann Arbor, including The Iguanas, the original inspiration for Iggy's now-famous stage name.
Also inspired by The Doors, the Rolling Stones, and James Brown, among others, Iggy formed a group at first called The Psychedelic Stooges at the University of Michigan in 1967.
-♪ Well, it's 1969, okay -By 1969, Iggy was front and center for the explosive debut of The Stooges.
The primal and unrelenting sonic attack created by Pop, Ron and Scott Asheton, and Dave Alexander kicked down the doors for so much that would follow, including generations of punk rockers with hard-hitting standouts like 'I Wanna Be Your Dog,' 'No Fun,' and '1969.'
Though the band's commercial success was limited, the group made Pop legendary for his wildly intense and nakedly charismatic live performance style.
Beginning with The Stooges' 1973 album 'Raw Power,' Pop found a prominent fanand collaborator in David Bowie, with whom Pop worked with on unambitious, acclaimed, and ultimately influential albums like 'The Idiot' and 'Lust for Life.'
♪♪ In the years that have followed, Iggy Pop has explored his artistry in all sorts of eclectic directions, both with new collaborators and old associates, including reunions with The Stooges.
Pop continues to connectwith audiences around the world, somehow always combining his singular raw power with his lifelong ability to search and destroy and exceed expectations wherever he goes.
-♪ Candy ♪ Candy, Candy, Candy, I can't let you go ♪ -I'm Don Was, and in May of 1969, I first saw The Psychedelic Stooges playing between sets by Sun Ra and Chuck Berry at the Detroit Rock & Roll Revival Festival.
And nobody in the crowd had ever seen anything like this band with their nihilistic worldview set against these raw R&B groups and fronted by a lead singer with an intense and almost frightening energy.
You simply could not take your eyes off of him.
But here's the thing.
This incredible onstage presence is just a small part of what makes Iggy Pop an extraordinary artist.
I first met him face-to-face in 1989 to discuss making the album 'Brick by Brick' and was really taken by surprise by how deeply intelligent and educated and thoughtful and gentle he actually is.
He talked at length about Haitian art and about philosophy, and then he pulled out the lyrics for his new songs, which were absolutely brilliant.
So in preparation for this show, I went back to read them again, and I was blown away by how these songs resonate even more today than they did 30 years ago.
He dealt with themes covering injustice and brutality and homelessness.
He wrote about the erosion of the American spirit in the face of postwar complacency.
And he sang about the struggle to transcend the hypocrisy, the greed, and the ambition that permeate contemporary life.
Iggy's impact on the language in music is extraordinary, and to discuss that tonight, here's one of the many artists that Iggy's influenced, Henry Rollins.
-When I was 20, I joined a band, and they said, 'Here are The Stooges' records.
You need to really understand these records to understand this band, because this is like the core.'
And it hit me very early on that Iggy's brilliant and lyrically intense.
Like, he doesn't phone them in.
And I think it's easy to be overwhelmed by Iggy's physical presence on stage.
Like, there's this, like, tornado of energy and charisma, where you don't even hear the words.
You're too busy going like, 'How d-- How does he do that?!' But then when you drill down, you realize here's this really intelligent guy who actually does have a lot to say.
To me, the phenomenon of rock 'n' roll is, say you hear a song when you're 15 -- Beatles, Elvis, whatever it was that grabbed you when you were young.
And fast-forward the tape 50 years later.
Now you're an old geezer or whatever.
You put that song on and watch that old guy get up out of his seat and start moving because rock 'n' roll just -- It's the infusion of youth and forever and agelessness.
You just -- You'll live forever.
And that is embodied to me with the song 'Search and Destroy' on 'Raw Power.'
It's probably the one lyric I'm the most jealous of in my entire life.
'I'm a streetwalking cheetah with a heart full of napalm.
I'm a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb.
I am the world's forgotten boy, the one who searches and destroys.'
You're never going to write that 'cause someone already did.
So just put it on the T-shirt and get in line.
[ Laughter ] So those records hit me like a bus.
-Yeah, I mean, even though those records had tremendous impact on everybody and -- and really stand the test of time, it's wild to -- to think of going from that to something kind of formal like this where we're giving him a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.
-Well, the fact is he doesn't quit and he just endures... and his voice sounds fantastic.
♪♪ -♪ Well, I am worth a million in prizes ♪ ♪ I got a torture film, I drive a GTO ♪ ♪ I wear a uniform ♪ All on a government loan, ha ha! ♪ ♪ I'm worth a million in prizes ♪ ♪ Now I am sick of sleeping on the sidewalk ♪ ♪ No more beating my brains ♪ No more beating my brains ♪ With liquor and drugs ♪ With liquor and drugs ♪ I am just a modern guy ♪♪ ♪ Of course, I've had it in my ear before ♪ ♪ I got a lust for life ♪♪ ♪ I got a lust for life Here we go!
♪ Got a lust for life ♪♪ -In a recent example of Iggy's brilliance, he adapted a Lou Reed lyric called 'We Are the People' on his album 'Free.'
-We are the people without right.
♪♪ We are the people who have known only lies and desperation.
♪♪ We are the people without a country... a voice, or a mirror.
♪♪ We are the crystal gaze... returned through the density and immensity of a berserk nation.
-Over the last 50-some years, Iggy's been one of the greatest performers of all time, but more importantly, he's been a true artistic hero, triumphantly waging the poetic battle between man's higher and lower self.
I don't want to make this sound too formal.
We talking about a guy who's helped establish the extreme boundaries of rock 'n' roll.
But on behalf of the Recording Academy, it really is an honor to present this well-deserved Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to the great poet, musician, and artist Iggy Pop.
This is a very large award, and it's a large honor.
I'll take it. Yeah.
It's been a lifetime for me hanging out with musicians 'cause I like them and listen to music and trying to make some of my own because it's a beautiful thing.
And I'm grateful to the board of the Academy for letting me in the house.
I've spent many years chipping away out on the road, playing for the people, and I've always tried not to be boring, so... This is really not about me anyway.
It's about all the kids who followed in something that resembled my footsteps and maybe becamea little more rad along the way.
-♪ You don't know what I know ♪ What that woman has done for me ♪ -Both in the spotlight and behind the scenes, Isaac Hayes would have tremendous impact throughout his long and varied career in music and beyond.
Hayes was born in Covington, Tennessee, in 1942, the son of sharecroppers, but was orphaned as a childand raised along with his sister by his grandparents.
A childhood prodigy, Hayes began singing in church at age 5 and soon learned a number of instruments.
-♪ Comin' to you ♪ On a dusty road -By the early '60s, Hayes found an important musical home playing sessions at Stax Records in Memphis.
Collaborating with Dave Porter, Hayes would write and produce many of Stax's most legendary soul and R&B classics, including an unforgettable run of smash hits for Sam & Dave, among them 'Hold On, I'm Coming' and 'Soul Man.'
-'Hot Buttered Soul.' Number eight on the Top LPs.
Over on the Soul charts, it's number two.
And on the Jazz charts, it's number one.
So, here is Isaac Hayes.
-♪ And walk on by ♪ Walk on by -And with his 1969 solo album, 'Hot Buttered Soul,' Hayes would become a hit recording artist in his own right, with epically soulful musical reinventions of recent hits like 'Walk On By' and 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix.'
-I'm hoping that I -- that I personally haven't overdressed for the occasion.
[ Laughter ] -Uh, no, you look cool.
-Well, thank you.
-♪ Who is the man ♪ That would risk his neck for his brother man? ♪ -♪ Shaft -Can ya dig it?
-Hayes took another bold leap forward with his groundbreaking soundtrack for director Gordon Parks' 1971 film 'Shaft' that became a daring and trendsetting pop sensation that helped set the stage for the rap revolution to come.
The 'Shaft' soundtrack even earned Hayes an Academy Award for Best Original Song, making him the first Black Oscar winner ever in a non-acting category.
Hayes' tremendous star power and his distinctive voice made him a presence on screen and off until his passing in 2008.
A three-time Grammy Award winner and 14-time nominee whose work is in the Grammy Hall of Fame, this legendary soul man takes his rightful place as a Lifetime Achievement Award honoree.
-♪ Just the way you are -To tell you more about Isaac and introduce a very special performance in his honor, our Emmy-winning music director, Greg Phillinganes.
-Isaac once said, 'There's always hurdles, so I just keep moving, just constantly redefining myself.
That's how you stay in the race.'
And he proved that quote well with his amazingly long career, from writing hits in the '60s like 'Soul Man' for Sam & Dave to the '70s with the classic iconic 'Shaft' soundtrack to the '80s, writing hits like 'Déjà Vu' for Dionne Warwick.
Now to pay tribute to his buddy Isaac and sing a few of his timeless songs, a Grammy legend who the Recording Academy saluted with his own Lifetime Achievement Award just last year, the Soul Man himself, Sam Moore!
-I spent more than 50 years of singing songs by Isaac Hayes, who I believe was a genius.
Now it's my turn to help honor the man I owe so much to.
♪♪ ♪ You didn't have to love me like you did ♪ ♪ But you did, and you did -♪ And I thank you -♪ You didn't have to squeeze me like you did ♪ ♪ Oh, but you did -♪ And I thank you -♪ If you took your love to someone else ♪ ♪ I wouldn't know what it meant to be loved to death ♪ ♪ You make me feel like I've never felt ♪ ♪ Kisses so good, I had to holler for help ♪ ♪ You didn't have to squeeze me, but you did ♪ ♪ But you did -♪ And I thank you -♪ Yeah, you didn't have to hold me like you did ♪ ♪ But I'm glad about it -♪ And I thank you -Listen!
♪ Thank you ♪ Oh, thank you ♪ Thank you ♪ Baby ♪ Ohh ♪ [ Segue into 'You Don't Know Like I Know' ] ♪♪ ♪ You don't know like I know ♪ What that woman has done for me ♪ ♪ In the morning, she's my water ♪ ♪ In the evening, she's my cup of tea, now ♪ ♪ Now, just as long as I live ♪ Whenever trouble arise ♪ I go to her ♪ And like a miracle ♪ Everything is all right ♪ [ Segue into 'Hold On, I'm Coming' melody ] ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Segue into 'You Got Me Hummin'' ] ♪ I don't know what you got ♪ But it's getting to me ♪ It makes my cold nights hot ♪ Hot chills just blow right through me ♪ ♪♪ ♪ Oh, power ♪ Baby, it's in your hands ♪ You got me hummin' ♪♪ ♪ You got me hummin' ♪♪ ♪ You got me hummin' ♪♪ -♪ You got me hummin', ooh-ooh ♪ You got me hummin', ooh-ooh ♪ You got me hummin', hoo-hoo-hoo ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Segue into 'When Something Is Wrong with My Baby' ] ♪♪ -♪ Just what ♪ Uh-huh ♪ She means to me now ♪♪ ♪ Ohh, you just wouldn't ♪ Oh, you just wouldn't understand ♪ ♪♪ ♪ People may say ♪ That she's no good ♪ But, ohh, she's my woman ♪ And, uh ♪ Ah, I know, I know I'm her man ♪ ♪♪ ♪ If she's ♪ Got a problem ♪♪ ♪ Ohh-ohh ♪ I know, I know I'm gonna help her solve 'em ♪ ♪ When something is wrong ♪♪ ♪ With my baby ♪♪ ♪ Something is wrong ♪ Something is wrong with me ♪♪ ♪ Sing -♪ When something is wrong -♪ When something is wrong, something is wrong ♪ -♪ With my baby -♪ With my baby Isaac told me to sing it like this.
♪ Something -♪ When something is wrong -♪ Something is wrong with my baby ♪ -♪ With my baby -♪ Ohh ♪ Yes, dear, yes, yes, yes, yes ♪ -♪ Something is wrong -♪ Something is wrong ♪ With ♪ M-e-e-e-e -Hello. I'm Isaac Hayes III.
On behalf of my family and the estate of Isaac Hayes, we want to say thank you to the Recording Academy for this Lifetime Achievement Award.
We're appreciative and so grateful of the fact that Isaac Hayes continues to be recognized for his contributions in music.
And we continue to fight and -- and want to bring attention to artists' rights, music rights as we deal with racial equality and income equality, especially in the music industry for Black icons like Isaac Hayes who have paved the way.
With that being said, we havean important election coming up.
Voting is key and also provides a great opportunity for legislation to make those things happen in music and entertainment.
If you do anything, don't do anything -- Do get out and vote. That is very important.
But on behalf of my family and the estate of Isaac Hayes and Isaac Hayes, we want to say thank you so much for this Lifetime Achievement Award. Thank you very much.
-The Recording Academy honors all kinds of music.
Here's a look at the innovative work that has earned theTrustees Award for Philip Glass.
[ 'Resource' plays ] ♪♪ ♪♪ -Part of the content of the music is its physiological impact, that it just hits you.
It's real gut music in that way.
And as people, we can respond to it on that level.
-Composer and pianist Philip Glass, honored this year with the Recording Academy's Trustees Award, is widely regarded as the most influential and game-changing composer of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Through his operas, film scores, concert pieces, theater works, and wide-ranging collaborations with the likes of David Bowie, Paul Simon, and Martin Scorsese, among others, Philip Glass and his varied musical explorations with repetitive structures have shaped the modern contemporary classical canon and art itself.
Though Glass has frequently been called a minimalist composer, Glass himself has never really agreed with this description.
And indeed, it seems impossible to define Glass' wide-ranging contributions in any such limiting way.
[ 'Pruitt Igoe' plays ] ♪♪ Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School.
In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years of intensive study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and, while there, earned money by transcribing Ravi Shankar's Indian music into Western notation.
By 1974, Glass had created a large collection of new music for the Philip Glass Ensemble and for the Mabou Mines theater company.
This period culminated in 'Music in Twelve Parts' and the groundbreaking opera 'Einstein on the Beach,' for which Glass collaborated with Robert Wilson.
Ever since, Glass has continued to create wide-ranging works, including the Academy Award-nominated film scores 'Kundun' and 'The Hours.'
Through it all, he has continued to explore and create new works performed around the world, further reason Philip Glass remains a modern musical hero today.
♪♪ -Hello. I'm Laurie Anderson.
And I'm very happy to be here and talk about my friend Philip Glass.
I met Phil in the '70s around the same time I started to meditate, so his music and meditation are on the same frequency in my heart.
And every time I think that life isn't worth living, I think of Phil and his positive attitude towards life and music.
And I am so grateful to him.
We're going to play a song called 'Gee Whiz,' which was something we made last November and played at a theater called La MaMa in honor of Ellen Stewart, who is the founder of that theater.
She was on the forefront for many years of the New York avant-garde scene.
And I'm joined by Rubin Kodheli, my great friend and wonderful cellist.
We're going to play 'Gee Whiz.'
♪♪ ♪♪ This is a song for Ellen.
This is a song called 'Gee Whiz.'
As in... there wasn't a song a moment ago... and now there is.
♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ This is a song for Ellen.
She's waving a flag.
♪♪ She says, 'Dear visitors.
Our theater is open now.'
♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ This is a song for New York City.
No one comes here anymore.
Ellen says... 'I am not this.
This is not me.
This disaster...is God.'
♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ These are the words that start with the word 'the.'
The war. The truth.
The future. The past.
The spring. The light.
Ellen says, 'Make something beautiful anyway.
Our theaters are open tonight.'
♪♪ ♪♪ This is a song for Ellen.
This is a song called 'Gee Whiz.'
As in...there wasn't a thing here before.
♪♪ And now there is.
♪♪ Ellen said, 'There's no path to follow.
There's no such thing.
We just... walk out in the morning, pick a direction, a path.'
There's something that forms... behind you.
♪♪ This is a song for Ellen.
This is a song called 'Gee Whiz.'
As in... there wasn't a song a moment ago... and now... there is.
On behalf of the Recording Academy, it is my great honor to present the Trustees Award to Philip Glass, my friend, and to accept it on his behalf.
-Our next honoree earned his Trustees Award as a talent scout and record executive who helped make recording-industry history.
♪♪ -♪ Say, hey, good-lookin' ♪ Whatcha got cookin'? -Born October 24, 1889, in rural Fly Summit, New York, Francis 'Frank' Buckley Walker went on to become an A&R scout and talent agent who helped discover some of the most significant musical artists of the 20th century, including country-music icon Hank Williams, blues legend Bessie Smith, and gospel and blues great Blind Willie Johnson.
After time working in a bank in Albany and on Wall Street, then in the Navy, Walker went to work for the Columbia Phonograph Company, and by 1923, he was a talent agent and head of A&R for Columbia and RCA Victor.
-♪ My man's got a heart ♪ Like a rock cast in the sea -In search of talent, Walker went south where, with the help of musician and promoter Clarence Williams, he met and signed Bessie Smith.
Both sides of Smith's first record for Columbia, 'Down Hearted Blues' backed with 'Gulf Coast Blues,' became hits, and before long, Bessie Smith became known as the 'Empress of the Blues.'
In the late 1920s, Walker ran the Johnson City sessions, which helped launch the careers of country artists like Charlie Bowman, Bill & Belle Reed, and Clarence Ashley.
-♪ I saw the light, I saw the light ♪ -In the mid-'40s, Walker came out of a brief retirement to help launch MGM Records and discovered Hank Williams, a game-changing figure in country-music history, as well as establishing the soundtrack album and helping create the RecordIndustry Association of America.
Walker famously wrote 'The Last Letter' tribute to Hank Williams upon hearing about his friend's death in 1953.
Walker himself died 10 years later in 1963.
But his impact on music lives on.
And this year, Frank Walker is honored with the Recording Academy's Trustees Award.
[ Applause ] -Hi. I'm Chris Isaak.
I'm at RCA Studio A in Nashville.
A lot of great music's been recorded here, and today we're honoring Frank Walker, who helped bring us recordings by some of the most important artists in history, including this song by Frank's friend Hank Williams.
You might recognize it.
♪ Your cheatin' heart ♪ Will make you weep ♪ You'll cry and cry ♪ And try to sleep ♪♪ -♪ But sleep won't come -♪ Ooh -♪ The whole night through -♪ Ooh -♪ Your cheatin' heart -♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh -♪ Will tell on you -♪ Will tell on you -♪ When tears come dow-own ♪ Like falling rain ♪ You'll toss around ♪ And call my name -♪ Ooh -♪ You're gonna walk that floor ♪ ♪ Just the way that I do ♪ Your cheatin' heart -♪ Ahh-ahh-ahh -♪ Will tell on you -♪ Will tell on you ♪♪ -♪ Your cheatin' heart -♪ Your cheatin' heart -♪ Will pine some day -♪ Will pine some day -♪ You'll crave the love -♪ You'll crave the love -♪ You tossed away ♪♪ ♪ The time will come -♪ The time will come -♪ When you'll feel blue -♪ When you'll feel blue -♪ Your cheatin' heart -♪ Your cheatin' heart -♪ Will tell on you ♪ When tears come down-own ♪ Like falling rain ♪♪ ♪ You'll toss around ♪ And call my name -♪ And call my name -♪ You're gonna walk that floor ♪ -♪ You'll walk the floor -♪ Just the way that I do ♪ Your cheatin' heart -♪ Your cheatin' heart -♪ Will tell on you ♪ Your cheatin' heart -♪ Your cheatin' heart -♪ Will tell on you -♪ Y-o-o-o-ou ♪♪ Thanks to Dave Cobb, Brian Allen, and Chris Scruggs and the Secret Sisters, of course.
And now, on behalf of the Recording Academy, it's my honor to present the Trustees Award to Frank Walker.
Accepting on his behalf, Frank's son, John Walker.
-As a boy in the 1920s, I recall his many trips to the South for Columbia Records in search of new country musical talent.
As a teenager in the 1930s, I recall the musicians and singers he encouraged at RCA during the big-band era.
I also recall the post-World War II years when he started and led MGM Records until he retired in the early 1960s.
He was a man of great executive talent and musical insight who gave so much to the record industry for 40 years.
Thank you for this Grammy in recognition of his accomplishments in the record industry.
-♪ Ooh-ooh -Drop it!
[ 'Brothers Gonna Work It Out' plays ] -Public Enemy -- Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Terminator X, and Professor Griff -- have fought the power as one of the most influential forces in hip-hop history and perhaps the most important and socially conscious rap group ever.
Public Enemy's debut album, 'Yo! Bum Rush the Show,' was released in 1987 and featured the group working with the hip-hop production team The Bomb Squad.
-♪ Don't believe the hype -♪ Don't, don't, don't -♪ Don't believe the hype, yeah ♪ -Public Enemy's follow-up album, 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back,' was a major leap forward, voted the number-one album of 1988 in and, many years later, recognized as one of the top 50 greatest albums of all time by 1989 saw the release of 'Fear of a Black Planet,' featuring standout statements 'Welcome to the Terrordome,' '911 is a Joke,' and one of the most passionate and popular hip-hop songs ever, 'Fight the Power.'
That enduring classic earned Public Enemy its first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance in 1990.
-Bass, how low can you go?
♪ Death row, what a brother know ♪ -The group continued to explore their strong and sometimes controversial point of view on 'Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black,' another considerable success.
But by the end of the '90s, Terminator X would retire from Public Enemy.
The group would continue on both as recording and performing artists.
And here in the 21st century, the record shows that Public Enemy stands as a potent hip-hop force that changed rap history forever.
[ 'Shut 'Em Down' plays ] ♪♪ -Hello. I'm LL Cool J.
And Public Enemy and I go way back.
I'm proud to say that we were in the trenches fighting together for a hip-hop revolution that has changed not just our music, but the whole world.
The record shows that Public Enemy have fought the power like no other group in history.
On stage and off, Public Enemy were an undeniable and fearless force.
We're talking about a group that created some of the most meaningful albums in all of hip-hop history, including 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' and 'Fear of a Black Planet' -- classic recordings that had so much to say that people are still talking about them now here in the 21st century.
And so, on behalf of the Recording Academy, I am happy to present the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to my friends, Public Enemy.
[ Indistinct shouting ] ♪♪ -Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go!
-♪ 1989 ♪ The number, another summer -♪ Get down -♪ Sound of the funky drummer ♪ Music hitting your heart 'cause I know you got soul ♪ -♪ Brothers and sisters -♪ Hey, hey -♪ Listen, if you're missin', y'all ♪ ♪ Swinging while I'm singing ♪ Hey ♪ Givin' whatcha gettin' ♪ Knowin' what I knowin' ♪ While the Black bands sweatin' ♪ ♪ And the rhythm rhymes rollin' ♪ ♪ Got to give us what we want -♪ Unh -♪ Gotta give us what we need -♪ Hey -♪ Our freedom of speech is freedom or death ♪ ♪ We got to fight the powers that be ♪ -♪ Lemme hear you say -♪ Fight the power ♪ Fight the power -♪ Lemme hear you say -♪ Fight the power ♪ Fight the power ♪ Fight the power ♪ Fight the power ♪ Fight the power ♪ We've got to fight the powers that be ♪ ♪ As the rhythm's designed to bounce ♪ ♪ What counts is that the rhyme's designed ♪ ♪ To fill your mind ♪ Now that you've realized the pride's arrived ♪ ♪ We got to pump the stuff to make us tough ♪ ♪ From the heart, it's a start, a work of art ♪ ♪ To revolutionize, make a change, nothing's strange ♪ ♪ People, people, we're all the same ♪ ♪ No, we're not the same, 'cause we don't know the game ♪ ♪ What we need is awareness, we can't get careless ♪ -♪ You say, what is this?
-♪ My beloved, let's get down to business ♪ ♪ Mental self-defensive fitness ♪ ♪ Bum rush the show -♪ You gotta go for what you know ♪ ♪ To make everybody see ♪ In order to fight the powers that be ♪ ♪ Fight the power ♪ Fight the power ♪ Fight the power ♪ Fight the power ♪ Fight the power -This is Flavor Flav in the building.
You know what I'm sayin'? And I ain't playin'. And it's all in this message that I'm about to be relayin'. -[Echoing] Terminator X only speaks with his hands!
-♪ I wanna thank you, everybody ♪ [ Hip-hop beat plays ] -I want to thank everybody and anybody who ever had anything at all to do with... [ Record scratching ] -Thank you very much.
It's an honor, and it's a pleasure to be here at this trying but yet beautiful time.
It was my hope and dream and aspiration that our music coming from a small little studio in Long Island, New York, would help change those particular ideas that governed the world at that particular time.
We wanted to hold a mirror up to America and the world and peop-- let America know that this is what we're seeing through the lens of our music.
[ Record scratching ] -♪ Time for me to exit, Terminator X-it ♪ -♪ Thank you ♪ Chuck D, Chuck, Chuck, Chuck, Chuck D, D ♪ -Hey. What's up? This is Chuck D. Public Enemy.
Um, I got the Hendrix shirt on.
Ziggy Marley sent me something from the Marley family.
And at the same time, NARAS sent this.
Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Enemy. 2020.
This goes out to all of my guys that helped make it possible.
-♪ My, my, my, my, my entire family ♪ ♪ Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop -All of my kids.
This goes out to y'all, too.
-Especially my mom for the sacrifice that she made to keep music in the household, keep music in my life.
I want to thank my wife, Solé, for the balance that's definitely needed at this late stage in the game.
-I'm not really one for awards, but I can accept this award for them.
And if it could be broken into a thousand pieces, it would go to the many contributors of Public Enemy since 1987 as a professional group, but since the early 1980s, as curators of hip-hop and rap music and music itself.
So I get to be thankful.
I'd like to thank you all for this.
And let's keep it going. All right?
Peace. I'm Chuck D.
-Yo, LL, yo, thanks, G.
Word up for giving this to us.
You know what I'm sayin'? Word up. Rock the bells!
Yeah, boy! Flavor Flav!
Thank you, y'all.
[ Sample of 'Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin' plays ] -♪ Thank you for let-- ♪ Thank you for let-- -♪ Thank you for let-- -♪ Thank you for let-- ♪ Thank you -Thank you, thank you, thank you to my brothers in Public Enemy.
And, once again, thank the Recording Academy for this Lifetime Achievement Award.
We say in our tradition, 'ashé,' and 'ashé' simply means 'so be it.'
So ashé, ashé, ashé. Thank you very much.
-This year, and every year, the Academy is working to support music education in our schools.
Presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum since 2014, the Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators.
Let's learn more about this year's winner.
-Mickey Smith Jr., who is now the school band leader for about half of the entire student body of Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, Louisiana, where he's taught for the past 15 years, is the recipient of the 2020 Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum.
-You have to follow directions. Raise your hand to speak.
Stay in your seat. Be prepared. The next one is... -Respect property of others! -Respect property of others.
We got a lot of instruments in this room, so we want to make sure we take care of them, okay?
Make sure we take care of them.
-Smith is known for making the students at Maplewood Middle School feel loved, valued, and wanted and inspired to make music.
In addition to teaching at Maplewood Middle, Smith is also president of MusicMakers2U, which provides refurbished instruments to students.
Tonight, we thank Mickey Smith and all music educators doing the important work of inspiring our next generation of musicians and music lovers.
-On behalf of the Recording Academy, it's my genuine honor to present the Music Educator Award to Mickey Smith Jr.
-I am thankful to the Recording Academy, the Grammy Museum, and Ford Motor Company for making this award possible.
I want to thank God, first and foremost, for making all things possible and providing me the purpose and the passion that makes it easy for me to get out of bed with no alarm clock needed in the mornings to entertain, to educate, and to elevate every learner to excellence.
I am so blessed to share this thing called life with my beautiful wife, Eugenia, my son, William and my daughter, Mikayla.
It's because of you that my life is better, and you inspire me to be better for you.
To my partner in education, Kyle Cook, thank you for taking this marathon called the school year with me for the last six years.
And to all my students that I'm responsible for in my classroom and throughout the community, I just want to say thank you for allowing me to play a small role in your lives.
I'm grateful to be a part of this educational family here at Maplewood, and I'm honored to stand and represent the countless number of educators that make teaching the noblest of professions.
Special thanks, Sean Ardoin, for nominating me each and every year and continuing the support and encouragement.
I'm blessed to still have my parents here to see this honor, so today I honor you, Mickey Smith Sr., Emma Smith.
Thank you for teaching me what it means to always keep on going.
I'm always reminded that I represent those that came before me and some that are no longer with me.
So for those and so many other reasons, I will keep on going.
And to everyone that's watching, you have a sound.
Let us be the sound to change the world.
-The connection between music and technology is complex and deep.
So here's a look at this year's honoree for the Technical Grammy Award.
[ Buzzing ] [ Electric guitar plays ] -George Augspurger is a legendary acoustician and pioneer in the fields of speaker and studio design.
He has designed studios and custom monitors for top artists and production facilities around the globe and is also revered for his willingness to help anyone in need of sonic advice, regardless of how small their studio might be.
-♪ Still my guitar gently weeps ♪ -After 70 years in the recording industry, Augspurger continues to design outstanding studios and custom monitors and to inspire new generations by teaching a course in loudspeaker system design at USC.
For his enduring contributions to the art and business of recording, George Augspurger is the recipient of the Technical Grammy Special Merit Award.
-I've mixed a lot of hits on this man's speakers.
I know what a differencegroundbreaking technology makes.
So on behalf of the Recording Academy, I'm honored to present the Technical Grammy Award to George Augspurger.
-This is wonderful. This was an unexpected honor.
And I certainly want to thank the Recording Academy and all my colleagues who voted for me.
And special thanks to Jeff Greenberg at the Village Recording Studio.
Now, this Grammy is a little different from most of them.
This is a Technical award, and it's a reminder that the Academy represents both the arts and sciences of music recording.
To the young people watching, I would say that if you like music, but you're curious about how things work and why they sound the way they do, recording technology can be an awful lot of fun.
It certainly is for me.
So, once again, thank you, all, very much.
-And now it's a special pleasure for me to help salute a remarkable TV producer who I felt privileged to work with on the Grammy broadcast for more years than I care to remember -- my friend Ken Ehrlich.
-Tonight live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, music's biggest night is back.
[ 'Smooth' plays ] ♪♪ -For the past 40 years, legendary TV producer Ken Ehrlich has played a leading role in transforming the Grammy Awards broadcast into music's biggest night and creating the very concept of the Grammy Moment -- unique artist collaborations never before seen on stage.
In the process, Ehrlich has set a new standard for music programing on television.
-♪ Purple rain, purple rain -♪ Oh, yeah -Born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Ehrlich majored in journalism at Ohio University.
After graduating, Ehrlich and his wife, Harriet, moved to Chicago.
In 1974, he created the groundbreaking music performance series 'Soundstage' for the Chicago public television station WTTW, where he presented an eclectic group of significant artists reflecting Ken's diverse musical taste.
Soon, Ehrlich was getting offers to bring his exciting, creative vision and musical knowledge west to Los Angeles, where he started work on a wide range of shows in variety television.
By 1980, Ken began to work on the Grammy Awards, and by putting Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond together to sing 'You Don't Bring Me Flowers' that year, Ken brought to life what's been called the first Grammy Moment.
-♪ I'm still standin' ♪ After all this time -Beyond the Grammy broadcast, he has created a series of award-winning Grammy tributes to artists including The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Prince.
Ehrlich has also brought his talents to many other major television events, such as the Emmy Awards and a series of themed White House music specials.
-♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ -In all that he's done and will do, Ken Ehrlich has brought a passion for music to millions of viewers all around the world.
And now the Recording Academy is honoring Ken with a Grammy Moment of his own, as this year he receives a Trustees Award.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Hi.
I'm Cyndi Lauper.
In life and in music, there are some people who you love being around and working with, and when you meet those people in this crazy business, you treasure them.
From my Grammy appearance last February to the first timewe worked together back in 1985, Ken Ehrlich has been there for me, and I've always tried to be there for him, too.
So tonight, when Ken is getting his Grammy moment, finally, I wanted to sing his favorite song of mine.
So thank you, Ken.
And of course, I'll be playing the dulcimer.
I know you love it. I know. I'm going to send you one.
And anyway, enjoy this evening.
I love you, and you've alwaysdone a great job over the years, so I hope you still take my phone call.
1, 2, 3, 4.
♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ Lying in my bed, I hear the clock tick and think of you ♪ ♪ Caught up in circles, confusion is nothing new ♪ ♪ Flashback, warm nights, almost left behind ♪ ♪ Suitcase of memories, time after ♪ ♪ Sometimes, you picture me, I'm walking too far ahead ♪ ♪ You're calling to me, I can't hear what you said ♪ ♪ Oh, then you say, 'Go slow,' but I fall behind ♪ ♪ And the second hand unwinds ♪ If you're lost, you can look and you will find me ♪ ♪ Time after time ♪ If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting ♪ ♪ Time after time ♪ If you're lost, you can look and you will find me ♪ ♪ Time after time ♪ If you fall, I will catch you, I will be waiting ♪ ♪ Time after time ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ After my picture fades, and darkness has turned to gray ♪ ♪ Watching through windows, you're wondering if I'm okay ♪ ♪ Secrets stolen from deep inside ♪ ♪ And the drum beats out of time ♪ ♪ If you're lost, you can look and you will find me ♪ ♪ Time after time ♪ If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting ♪ ♪ Time after time ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ You say, 'Go slow,' I fall behind ♪ ♪ And the second hand unwinds ♪ If you're lost, you can look and you will find me ♪ ♪ Time after time ♪ If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting ♪ ♪ Time after time ♪ If you're lost, you can look and you will find me ♪ ♪ Time after time ♪ If you fall, I will catch you, I will be waiting ♪ ♪ Time after time ♪ Oh, time after time ♪ Time after time ♪ Time after time ♪ Got this suitcase of memories I almost left behind ♪ ♪♪ ♪ Time after time ♪ Time after -John Legend here. When I think about all the times that I've stood on that Grammy stage, I think of someone who has played an extraordinary and career-changing part of my Grammy experience -- Ken Ehrlich.
Year after year, decade after decade, Ken has been a force of nature, working tirelessly to make music's biggest night what it's become.
From my first Grammy performance until my most recent, Ken has been just offstage urging on me and countless other members of our music community.
As the longtime executive producer of the Grammy broadcast, Ken has always had the courage of his convictions.
Let me give you just one example.
It's very close to my heart.
♪ All of me loves all of you In 2014, Ken invited me to perform a new song of mine he loved called 'All of Me.'
At that point, the song was not a big hit, not even close, really.
But Ken believed in me and in that song, and that belief led to one of those Grammy moments Ken clearly lives for.
And because Ken believed, millions of other music lovers soon did, too.
The song shot up the iTunes chart that night and eventually became my first and only #1 on the Hot 100.
That's how the Grammy performance of 'All of Me' became the smash that Ken Ehrlich somehow knew it could be.
Thank you, Ken, for believing in me and in so many other artists over the years and bringing your artistry and your love for music to every show you produce.
And so is my honor on behalf of the Recording Academy to present this Trustees Award to a man I've trusted many times.
This is your Grammy moment. Ken Ehrlich.
-Thank you, John, I hope you don't mind if I use you as the perfect example of what's made my job of mounting over 600 performances on the Grammy Awards over the past 40 years such a pleasurable experience.
And similarly, I'd like to thank Walter Miller and Lou Horvitz, the only two directors I ever worked with on the Grammys, to represent the amazing technical, lighting, scenic, and production people in the business, the best.
And special thanks to this kind of magical, 'doesn't work on paper,' but remarkable relationship that's existed for 40 years between the Recording Academy, CBS, and my company.
Finally, to my family, my wife, Harriet, my children and grandchildren, and my parents, my gratitude and thanks for unceasingly providing the inspiration and love that made me want to strive for excellence and to make them proud of their husband, their father, their grandfather, and their son.
Anyone who knows me knows the love I have for music and the incredible good fortune I've had to exercise that love and admiration in support of the creativity and artistry of many of the most amazing musical figures of our age.
I really don't knowwhat I did to deserve this life, but now that I've been doing it for over 50 years, I'm too old to start over or give a damn.
I sincerely but notaltogether humbly thank you all.
-And now our final award of the night.
This award honors a lifetime of achievement by an artistwe so tragically lost this year.
His extraordinary songs will live on forever.
-Only thing I've learned after 35 years of songwriting is to just be patient.
If you want a good song, you got to be patient.
You can't hurry it.
♪ If you like your apples sweet ♪ ♪ And your streets are not concrete ♪ ♪ You'll be in your bed by nine every night ♪ -Before he became one of the most respected singer-songwriters in the world, John Prine was already delivering messages, working as a mailman in the Chicago area.
-♪ And here's what you -Born in Maywood, Illinois, Prine learned guitar at age 14 and later took classes at Chicago's famed Old Town School of Folk Music before serving in the United States Army in Germany during the Vietnam War.
-♪ So if you're walking down the street sometime ♪ ♪♪ ♪ And spot some hollow ancient eye ♪ -A rave review of a John Prine club appearance by Roger Ebert in the about Prine's extraordinary talent and charm onstage.
Eventually, with a little help from Kris Kristofferson and Prine's good friend Steve Goodman, he got his first big break signing to Atlantic Records.
In 1971, the label released Prine's classic debut, simply called 'John Prine,' to considerable praise and comparisons to Bob Dylan.
Nearly half a century later, named the 'John Prine' album, featuring standards like 'Hello in There,' 'Sam Stone,' and 'Angel from Montgomery,' one of the greatest 500 albums of all time.
-♪ A young man from a small town ♪ ♪ With a very large imagination ♪ ♪ Lay alone in his room with his radio on ♪ ♪ Looking for another station -He would go on to record three more albums for Atlantic, three for Asylum, and then in 1984, Prine broke ground by co-founding Oh Boy Records, where he has continued to share his own brilliant and independent voice ever since, including 1991's Grammy-winning 'The Missing Years,' produced by the Heartbreakers' Howie Epstein and featuring appearances by famous Prine fans, including Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, and Bruce Springsteen, to 2018's acclaimed and vital 'The Tree of Forgiveness.'
-♪ When I was a child -John Prine was looking forward to accepting this honor from the Recording Academy and performing at this year's event.
Tragically, on April 7, 2020, John Prine died at age 73 in Nashville, Tennessee, from complications caused by COVID-19.
In the midst of a global pandemic, John's passing was mourned by generations of music lovers all around the world whose lives he touched with his extraordinary, brave, and beautiful life of achievement.
-♪ I'm knockin' on your screen door in the summertime ♪ ♪♪ -Hi, guys. Thanks so much for tuning in.
I'm Jason Isbell. This is Amanda Shires.
We're here to talk a little bit about a friend and a hero, mentor, John Prine, who we loved a great deal.
I grew up listening to John's music from the time I was a toddler.
My mom would play me John's songs when I was a little kid to try to calm me down, and it worked, and it still works.
Amanda did a bunch of shows with John.
She went out, opened a whole bunch of tours for him.
-I guess I got the courage one day, I said, during the song,when we playing it live, I said, 'What is a big brassy monkey?'
And he said, 'I don't know, something my grandmother sang to me.'
So I decided that I'd take it further.
And the next day, I got a tattoo.
It says, 'Don't go down the rabbit hole, Easter Bunny.'
And when it got to 'In Spite of Ourselves,' when he said, 'She gets it on like the Easter Bunny,' and he laughed and forgot all the words.
-We both consider ourselves very lucky and honored that we knew John Prine and got to hear his music.
And we're going to play one of his songs for you now.
This song I've been playing since I was a teenager in coffee shops in Alabama before I knew John.
But I believe this one was recorded originally in Muscle Shoals, where I grew up.
♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ I can hear the wheelsof the automobiles so far away ♪ ♪ Just moving along through the drifting snow ♪ ♪ It's times like these when the temperatures freeze ♪ ♪ I sit alone just looking at the world ♪ ♪ Through a storm window ♪ Down on the beach, the sandman sleeps ♪ ♪ Time don't fly, it bounds and leaps ♪ ♪ And a country band that plays for keeps ♪ -♪ They play it so slow ♪ Don't let your baby down ♪ Don't let your baby down ♪ Don't let your baby down ♪♪ ♪ Storm windows -♪ Gee, but I'm getting old -♪ Storm windows -♪ They keep away the cold ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -♪ Don't let your baby down ♪ Don't let your baby down ♪ Don't let your baby down -♪ Oh, no ♪♪ ♪♪ Thank you. Thank you to John Prine.
And here's the man himself, John Prine, singing a song called 'Hello in There,' a timeless ode to growing older and to reaching out and connecting with people around that John somehow miraculously wrote when he was in his early 20s.
-♪ Me and Loretta, we don't talk much more ♪ ♪ She sits and stares through the backdoor screen ♪ ♪♪ ♪ And all the news just repeats itself ♪ ♪ Like some forgotten dream that we've both seen ♪ ♪ Someday I'll go and call up Rudy ♪ ♪♪ ♪ We worked together at the factory ♪ ♪♪ ♪ But what could I say if he asks 'What's new?' ♪ ♪ 'Nothing, what's with you?
♪ Nothing much to do' ♪ You know that old trees just grow stronger ♪ ♪ And old rivers grow wilder every day ♪ ♪ Old people just grow lonesome ♪ ♪ Waiting for someone to say, 'Hello in there, hello' ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ So if you're walking down the street sometime ♪ ♪ And spot some hollow, ancient eye ♪ ♪♪ ♪ Please don't just pass 'em by and stare ♪ ♪ As if you didn't care, say, 'Hello in there, hello' ♪ Thank you.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Hey, my name is Brandi Carlile.
Nobody sang John Prine like John Prine, but his songs will outlive us all.
I'll never forget the first time I met and sang with John Prine.
I was going to get to sing 'Angel' and 'In Spite of Ourselves,' and I had my first, brand-new baby daughter with me.
And as I was getting ready in mynervousness and curling my hair, I turned away from her for one second, one, and she fell off the bed.
It looked a whole lot worse than it was, 'cause her pacifier cut her lip, and it was bleeding.
And I was shocked and devastated.
And I ran out the door, and I got to the stage with only a few moments left to spare.
And I found myself standing next to the great John Prine.
He looked at me with his dad instincts naturally kicking in and immediately knew that something wasn't right.
And he asked me what was wrong.
And fighting back tears, I told him I dropped my baby.
[ Laughs ] And he just smiled and said, 'Kiddo, take it from me.
Just like the songs were about to sing, it might be the first, but it won't be the last time.
Everything's going to be okay.'
I believed him then, and he was right.
You can always trust John Prine.
He told us the truth with his whole life, and he tells us the truth even today.
I chose to sing 'I Remember Everything,' which is the last song that John wrote, but it won't be the last song to come from John Prine, because he lives in all of us.
-♪ Mm ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ I've been down this road before, I remember every tree ♪ ♪ Every single blade of grass holds a special place for me ♪ ♪ And I remember every town and every hotel room ♪ ♪ And every song I ever sang on a guitar out of tune ♪ ♪ I remember everything, things I can't forget ♪ ♪ The way you turned and smiled on me ♪ ♪ On the night that we first met ♪ ♪ I remember every night and your ocean eyes of blue ♪ ♪ How I miss you in the morning light ♪ ♪ Like the roses miss the dew ♪ I've been down this road before, alone as I can be ♪ ♪ Careful not to let my past go sneakin' up on me ♪ ♪ I got no future in my happiness ♪ ♪ My regrets are very few ♪ Sometimes a little tenderness was the best that I could do ♪ ♪ But I remember everything, things I can't forget ♪ ♪ Swimmin' pools of butterflies ♪ ♪ That slipped right through the net ♪ ♪ And I remember every night and your ocean eyes of blue ♪ ♪ How I miss you in the morning light ♪ ♪ Like the roses miss the dew ♪ How I miss you in the morning light ♪ ♪ Like the roses miss the dew ♪♪ And now on behalf of the Recording Academy, it's my great honor to present the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to John Prine.
To accept on John's behalf, John's wife and my dear friend, Fiona Prine.
-Thank you, Brandi.
That song means a lot to me and to our family.
You did a beautiful job.
And thank you, Jason and Amanda, for 'Storm Windows.'
You know John loved to sing that with you guys.
We are so thrilled to have this Grammy recognizing John's lifetime of achievement -- the idea that his body of work would be recognized by the Academy at this time, especially after the wonderful couple of years that he had with his last record, 'The Tree of Forgiveness.'
-This kind of award was right up John's alley -- No competition, just a big party that he got to celebrate with a lot of artists that he admired.
He had such a fun time at the Grammys earlier this year, because he wasn't up for any award.
He just got to see all the music and be there with everyone.
So I know this meant a lot to him.
-I know my father was veryappreciative of receiving praise from all of the artists and his peers that he so admired.
-So we'd like to thank the Academy and all of his fans for all their devoted support over the years.
-Thank you to the Academy.
We'll take really good care of this.
[ Applause ] -Here's a performance from 2019 of John singing one of his most powerful songs ever, 'Angel from Montgomery,' with his great friend and fellow truth-teller Bonnie Raitt, for what would be their last time together.
-♪ I am an old woman named after my mother ♪ ♪ My old man is another child that's grown old ♪ ♪ If dreams were thunder and lightning was desire ♪ ♪ This old house would have burnt down a long time ago ♪ -♪ Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery ♪ ♪ Make me a poster of an old rodeo ♪ ♪ Just give me one thing I can hold on to ♪ ♪ To believe in this living is just a ♪ -♪ Hard way to go [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -♪ When I was a young girl, I had me a cowboy ♪ ♪ He weren't much to look at, just a free rambling man ♪ ♪ But that was a long time, and no matter how I try ♪ ♪ The years just flow by like a broken-down dam ♪ -♪ Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery ♪ ♪ Make me a poster of an old rodeo ♪ ♪ Just give me one thing I can hold on to ♪ ♪ To believe in this living is just a hard way to go ♪ -♪ To believe in this living -♪ Is just a ♪ Hard way ♪ To go [ Cheers and applause ] -I love you, Bonnie.
-I love you, John.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Thank you all for being a part of the 'Grammy Salute to Music Legends' 2020.
Together, we canand must keep the music playing.
-♪ John and Linda live in Omaha ♪ ♪♪ ♪ And Joe is somewhere on the road ♪ ♪♪ ♪ We lost Davy in the Korean War ♪ -To find out more about this and other 'Great Performances' programs, visit PBS.org/greatperformances.
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-♪ You know that old trees just grow stronger ♪ ♪ And old rivers grow wilder every day ♪ ♪ Old people just grow lonesome ♪ ♪ Waiting for someone to say, 'Hello in there, hello' ♪ ♪♪