Brandi Carlile Honors John Prine With 2021 GRAMMYs Performance

This was such a touching moment in the show!

Written by Lauren Laffer
Brandi Carlile Honors John Prine With 2021 GRAMMYs Performance
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In this image released on March 14, Brandi Carlile performs onstage during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California and broadcast on March 14, 2021. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Brandi Carlile performance on the 2021 GRAMMYs Sunday night (3/14) was a touching tribute to the late John Prine. The GRAMMY-winner, who won for writing The Highwomen’s “Crowded Table,” took to the stage for a somber performance of Prine’s final song “I Remember Everything.” The song earned Prine two posthumous awards during the GRAMMY’s pre-telecast event (Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song.

“We all thank you John, for everything,” said at the close of her performance.

“He is one of my great heroes. He was certainly one of the greatest songwriters of all time. There’s just so many of us that wouldn’t write songs and we wouldn’t know how if it weren’t for John. Having lost him this year to COVID is especially heartbreaking, but there’s something about this performance for me that’s really cathartic because it’s springtime and it’s been a year almost since we lost him and I just feel like there’s hope and redemption in the words of this song,” Carlile shared in an interview with the CBS EPK ahead of the show.

The special moment was part of a In Memoriam segment during the broadcast. Lionel Richie was there to honor Kenny Rogers, Bruno Mars to Little Richard and Brittany Howard teamed up with Chris Martin for a performance of “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

The Washington native is a winner tonight, earning Best Country Song with The Highwomen’s “Crowded Table.” She was also nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Carried Me With You,” a song she wrote for the Pixar film, Onward.

Carlile is also busy working with Shooter Jennings and Tanya Tucker on the latter’s upcoming record. The trio saw much success together on 2019’s While I’m Livin’, which won Best Country Album and Best Country Song at last year’s GRAMMY Awards.

Other country performers from tonight’s show include Mickey Guyton, Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert.

This year’s GRAMMY Awards will also honor the hard-working individuals who are employed by small live venues across the country. Bartenders, box-office managers and day-to-day workers at the Troubadour (Los Angeles), the Hotel Café (Los Angeles), the Apollo Theater (New York City), and the Station Inn (Nashville) will present various categories throughout the evening.

The 2021 GRAMMY Awards, hosted by The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, broadcast live tonight (3/14) on the CBS Television Network from 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. See all of our coverage from the 63rd GRAMMY Awards here.