Annie Lennox Advocates “Ceasefire” In Palestine Row; As Stevie Wonder, Jon Batiste Give Rare 2024 Grammys In Memoriam Performances

The In Memoriam segment of the 2024 Grammys was an emotional tribute to some of the most talented musicians who have passed away. Three artists took the stage to pay homage to the legends who had left an indelible mark on the music industry. Their heartfelt performances brought some emotionality to both the audience and viewers at home, as they beautifully captured the essence of each artist’s unique contribution to music. The In Memoriam segment was a powerful reminder of these musicians’ lasting impact on the world, ensuring their legacies continue through their timeless songs.

Stevie Wonder opened the segment by remembering his friend Tony Bennett and how much he admired him for his love for art, peace, unity, and civil rights. He then performed a duet with a video recording of Bennett singing ‘For Once in My Life’ and ‘The Best Is Yet to Come’.

Annie Lennox followed Stevie Wonder’s performance by delivering a heartfelt tribute to Sinead O’Connor, covering ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’. She ended her performance by calling for a ceasefire in Palestine, saying, “Artists for a ceasefire. Peace in the world.” Lennox’s emotional rendition of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ resonated deeply with the audience, capturing the raw emotions that O’Connor had poured into the original. Her call for a ceasefire in Palestine added a powerful message of unity and compassion, reminding us of artists’ role in advocating for global peace.

Finally, Jon Batiste concluded the In Memoriam segment on a more upbeat note by performing two soulful songs, Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and Sound of Blackness’ ‘About Optimistic’. The In Memoriam segment was a reminder of the profound impact that these musicians have had on the world. Their music continues to inspire and will be remembered for generations to come.


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