The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will feature a special performance paying tribute to victims of gun violence or terrorism during live music events, CBS announced Thursday. The segment will bring together country performers Brothers Osborne, Eric Church and Maren Morris, who all performed in October at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas that was the site of the deadliest mass shooting in American history so far.
Earlier in the year, an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England was also targeted in a May terror attack that left 23 dead and over 500 injured.
"Live music events have always provided a safe space for fans to gather in a shared celebration of music. Sadly, that wasn't always the case this past year," Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement. "We believe it's incredibly important to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in these senseless tragedies, and to remind musicians and music lovers alike that live music will continue to be a powerful force that unites us all."
"In many ways, our show encapsulates the year in music," said Ken Ehrlich, Executive Producer of the Grammy Awards. "Although that usually means a focus on achievement and excellence, sadly, last year was marred by a number of senseless tragedies that took place at live music events. We didn't feel like we'd be doing our jobs if we didn't reflect on these tremendous losses."
Brothers Osborne are current Grammy nominees, as is Maren Morris, who also won Best Country Solo Performance for her song "My Church" last year. Eric Church is former Grammy nominee.
Previously announced Grammy performers include Alessia Cara, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus, Childish Gambino, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Elton John, Kesha, Khalid, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Logic, Patti LuPone, Bruno Mars, P!nk, Ben Platt, Sam Smith, SZA and U2.
The Grammys tribute follows in the footsteps of Jason Aldean, who was performing when Stephen Paddock opened fire at the Las Vegas festival. The country star covered Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" on Saturday Night Live less than a week after the attack in honor of the victims.
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden in New York Sunday, Jan. 28 at 7:30/6:30c on CBS.
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