Chris Stapleton joined forces with Emmylou Harris at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday evening (Jan. 28) as part of the In Memoriam segment where the lives lost over the past year were honored. Paying tribute to Tom Petty, they covered the late singer’s “Wildflowers” as images of flowers appeared behind them.
Both accompanied by an acoustic guitar, Stapleton and Harris’ voices blended seamlessly together throughout their performance. While Stapleton’s bluesy vocals soared, Harris wowed with her soulful singing style.
As the two sang together, photos and video clips from many of the musicans who died over the past year were shown on the screen behind them. Country artists including Glen Campbell, Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers, Don Williams and Mel Tillis were remembered among artists across all genres including Chuck Berry, Chris Cornell and Jerry Lewis.
Stapleton’s performance was far from his first time on the GRAMMY stage. The country singer won each of the three awards he was nominated for including Best Country Album for From A Room: Volume 1, Best Country Song with “Broken Halos” and Best Country Solo Performance for “Either Way.” During his acceptance speech for Best Country Album, Stapleton thanked everybody who works so hard for him.
“This is a wonderful room to be in, all these people tonight and we’re so proud… we always try to make great records as good as we can and I guess this is a testament to that. Thank you to everybody who works so hard for us and out on the road. It’s a real joy to make music,” Stapleton said.