Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt paid tribute to late Fleetwood Mac member, Christine McVie, at Sunday evening’s (Feb. 5) GRAMMY Awards with a special performance during the In Memoriam segment.
The trio of superstars took to the stage inside of Crypto.com Arena to honor McVie with a performance of her hit, “Songbird,” a tune that McVie wrote for her solo career that was later recorded by Fleetwood Mac on their 1977 album, Rumours.
The performance opened with Crow singing and playing a grand piano adorned with flowers as Fleetwood played the Tubano drum. Raitt later joined Crow in song and the pair traded verses of the tune.
And to bring the In Memoriam segment to a close, Mick Fleetwood accompanied Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt for a moving cover of ‘Songbird,’ originally written by his late Fleetwood Mac bandmember, Christine McVie #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/93bw7XpQU8
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McVie, the co-lead vocalist and keyboardist of Fleetwood Mac, passed away “peacefully following a short illness” at the age of 79 years old on November 30.
“On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death. She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness,” a statement from McVie’s family read at the time of her death. “She was in the company of her family. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time, and we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally. RIP Christine McVie.”
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Fleetwood Mac also paid tribute to the late vocalist with a heartfelt message on social media at the time of her passing.
“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure,” the band collectively wrote. “She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life. We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”
McVie was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac. She also received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music that same year.
She also received numerous awards throughout her career, including a Gold Badge of Merit Award from Basca, the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, the Trailblazer Award at the UK Americana Awards as well as two GRAMMY awards.
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Several tributes also took place during the In Memoriam segment at the all-genre ceremony. Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt paid homage to late Fleetwood Mac member, Christine McVie, with a performance of McVie’s “Songbird.”
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