Great Performances


GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends® 2020

In collaboration with the Recording Academy®, Great Performances presents the fifth annual all-star special showcasing 2020 Special Merit Awards recipients, including Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Chicago, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Iggy Pop, John Prine, Public Enemy and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

AIRED: October 16, 2020 | 1:54:43

-Next on "Great Performances"...

-♪ Up above my head

-♪ Up above my head

-...the Recording Academy honors brilliant careers in music...

-I spent more than 50 years

of singing songs by Isaac Hayes.

-...the truly inspiring...

-We wanted to hold a mirror up to America.

-♪ Fight the power -...the unforgettable music...

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love? ♪

-♪ Your cheatin' heart ♪

-♪ Time after time

-...the legends. -Punk on.

-Nobody sang John Prine like John Prine.

-I will treasure it for the rest of my life.

-Join us to celebrate music's best

with the "Grammy Salute to Music Legends."

-The Recording Academy presents

"A Grammy Salute to Music Legends,"

honoring the groundbreaking music of Chicago...

-♪ You didn't have to love me like you did ♪

...the sophisticated voice of Roberta Flack...

-♪ But you did, you did, and I thank you ♪

...the singular, raw power of Iggy Pop...

-♪ You didn't have to squeeze me like you did, ohh ♪

...the man who discovered some of the most significant

recording artists of the 20th century, Frank Walker...

-♪ If you took your love to someone else ♪

...the long, varied, and impactful career

of legendary soul man Isaac Hayes...

-♪ Loved to death, you made me... ♪ of the most influential and game-changing composers

over the past five decades, Philip Glass...

the godmother of rock 'n' roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe...

-♪ But you did

-...acclaimed television producer

and creator of countless Grammy moments

Ken Ehrlich...

one of the most influential forces

in hip-hop history, Public Enemy...

-♪ And I thank you, listen

...and the highly respected singer-songwriter John Prine.

-♪ Thank you, yes, I do


♪ Thank you

♪ Oh, thank you

-Welcome to the "Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2020,"

a year like no other.

I'm Jimmy Jam,standing here socially distanced

in the Los Angeles home of the Recording Academy.

When this year began, we had exciting plans

to gather together to celebrate lifetimes of achievement

by legends who changed the course of music history.

History, sadly, had other plans.

Indeed, we are heartbroken

that one of our honorees this year,

the great singer-songwriter John Prine,

became one early casualty of this international pandemic.

But in trying times,

perhaps as much, if not more than in good times,

music is a source of solace and strength.

And so in this year like no other,

we are bringing you a Grammy salute like no other.

You can be sure that our passion to celebrate music legends

is not virtual, but as real as ever.

And so this year, we willcontinue to celebrate excellence

in our world of music

by both performers and nonperformers.

And now let's salute

an internationally acclaimed artist,

a singular songstress

who has been making Grammy and music history

since the first time ever we saw her face...

and heard her distinctive voice,

the one and only Roberta Flack.

-♪ Strumming my pain with his fingers ♪

♪ Singing my life with his words ♪

♪ Killing me softly with his song ♪

♪ Killing me softly

♪ With his song

♪ Telling my whole life with his words ♪

♪ Killing me softly

♪ With his song

-A sophisticated and influential recording artist

for more than half a century,

Roberta Flack started piano lessons at the age of 9,

and by the time she was 13, young Roberta

had already won a statewide piano competition.

Flack was equally gifted academically,

graduating high school at age 15

and earning a piano scholarship to Howard University,

where she eventually majored in voice,

even becoming an assistant conductor

to the university choir.

-♪ He looked at me one day

♪ Chased my blues away

-Flack went on to teach music in the Washington, D.C., area

and then was discovered by the great jazz pianist and vocalist

Les McCann while playing in an area nightclub.

In the liner notes to "First Take,"

Flack's inspired 1969 debut for Atlantic Records

produced by Joel Dorn,

McCann wrote, "Her voice touched, tapped,

trapped, and kicked every emotion I've ever known."

Flack's commercial fortunes improved dramatically

when Clint Eastwood featured

"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" from her debut

in his 1972 film, "Play Misty for Me."

This was only just the beginning of a remarkable run,

including Flack winning the Grammy

for Record of the Year for that performance

and winning the same honor again in 1973

for her recording of

"Killing Me Softly with His Song."

-♪ If you wanna kiss me

-In 1972, Flack started collaborating

with another extraordinary young talent, Donny Hathaway,

leading to more classics, including the Grammy-winning

"Where Is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You"

before Hathaway's tragic death in 1979.

Flack would go on to release more notable work

in the '80s and '90s, including hit duets

with Peabo Bryson and Maxi Priest.

And now in the 21st century, Roberta Flack has continued

her remarkable lifetime of musical achievement.

-♪ Sweet as the gravity

[ Cheers and applause ]

-Here to honor Roberta Flack,

a Grammy, Tony, and Emmy winner

and an Oscar nominee, Cynthia Erivo.



-♪ The first time

♪ Ever I saw your face


♪ I thought the sun

♪ Rose in your eyes


♪ And the moon and stars

♪ Were the gifts you gave


♪ To the dark

♪ And the endless skies


♪ And the first time

♪ Ever I kissed

♪ Your mouth


♪ I felt the earth

♪ Move in my hand


♪ Like the trembling heart

♪ Of a captive bird


♪ That was there

♪ At my command

♪ My love


♪ And the first time

♪ Ever I lay with you


♪ I felt your heart

♪ So close to mine


♪ And I knew our joy

♪ Would fill the earth


♪ And last

♪ Till the end of time

♪ My love


♪ And the first time

♪ Ever I saw

♪ Your face

♪ Your face

♪ Your f-a-a-ace

♪ Your f-a-a-a-ace

Hello. I'm Cynthia Erivo. And it is so much more

than a virtual honor to help honor the great Roberta Flack

with her Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Roberta Flack set the stage for so many artists to follow.

Nearly half a century before I won a Grammy,

Miss Flack was beginning a Grammy-winning streak

that established her as one of

the defining artists of the '70s.

That same artistry has made her one of the most beloved

and respected musical figures on the global stage ever since.

Roberta once said,"See every opportunity as golden

and keep your eyes on the prize --

yours, not anybody else's."

And now my friend and fellow Flack fan,

Leslie Odom Jr., and I are here in the legendary

Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California,

to duet on a song that Miss Flack

and her late, great friend, Donny Hathaway,

made famous with a Grammy-winning performance.

-Flack fan indeed.

One of the biggest Flack fans you'll ever meet!

This, Miss Flack, is for you with respect and love.

Your version of "Where is the Love."

-A-one, two, three, and...

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love you said you'd give to me ♪

♪ Soon as you were free?

♪ Will it ever be?

♪ Where is the love?

♪ You told me that you didn't love him ♪

♪ And you were gonna say goodbye ♪

♪ But if you really didn't mean it ♪

♪ Why did you have to lie?

-♪ Where is the love you said was mine, all mine ♪

♪ Till the end of time?

-♪ Was it just a lie?

♪ Where is the love?

-♪ If you had had a sudden change of heart ♪

♪ I wish that you would tell me so ♪

♪ Don't leave me hangin' onto promises ♪

♪ You've got to let me know

-♪ Whoa, oh, oh, whoa, oh

-[ Scatting ]

-[ Scatting ]

-[ Scatting ]


-♪ Oh, how I wish I never met you ♪

♪ I guess it must have been my fate ♪

♪ To fall in love with someone else's love ♪

♪ All I can do is wait

-♪ That's all I can do

♪ Hey, hey, yeah

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?

-♪ Where is the love?


-And now on behalf of the Recording Academy,

it is my tremendous honor to present

the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

to the great Roberta Flack.

-Music is everything to me.

Thank you to all of the people from across the world...

I'm gonna cry.

...who have listened to my music

and responded with honesty and kindness.

Thank you for letting me into your hearts

and allowing my music to be a part of you.

Together, we have shared

life's triumphs, sorrows,

joys, and dreams.

All of it matters --

each story in each heart.

Challenge yourself to never give up

trying to find what matters most

and give that to the world.

-When I was a kid,the first concert I ever went to

was by this next enduring band.

I went with my parents, and if I remember right,

we sat behind the stage.

I think it was because those were the cheap seats.

But it gave me the perfect vantage point

to study these legends very closely -- Chicago.

[ "25 or 6 to 4" plays ]

-Forged in the jazzy, soulful,

and bluesy music scene of the Windy City,

Chicago, originally known as The Big Thing,

and then soon after renamed Chicago Transit Authority,

was formed in 1967

by the late, great guitarist Terry Kath,

Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow,

Walt Parazaider, and Danny Seraphine.

-♪ I'm addicted to you, babe

♪ You're a hard habit to break

-Chicago soon became one ofthe most commercially successful

and musically groundbreaking groups in the rock world,

with a wildly popular

and tremendously ambitious series

of numbered album releases,

including single, double, and triple albums

that combine the power of a guitar-driven rock band

with a powerful horn section

and a daring sense of musical adventure.

Tour after tour, the group became

phenomenally successful,

with the group's success at FM radio

further fueled by what would become

more than 20 top-ten singles, as well as 25 platinum albums.

[ "Make Me Smile" plays ]

The tragic death in 1978 of guitar hero Terry Kath,

one of the group'smany gifted singers and writers,

was a terrible blow to Chicago.

-♪ If you leave me now

-Yet, somehow, the band has continued

to perform and record into the 21st century.

And through all the changes,

Chicago has consistently remained

a very Big Thing indeed.

[ "Does Anybody Really KnowWhat Time It Is?" finale plays ]

-Hi. I'm Joe Mantegna.

And I go back so far with Chicago

that they weren't even Chicago when we became friends.

Now, this was 1966, and some of the guys

were in a band called the Missing Links,

and I was in a band called the Apocryphals,

and we were both booked to play

the Kentucky State Fair that summer.

Now, I'll never forget looking at the Missing Links thinking,

"Wow. These guys, they're, like, real musicians."

Because I think I knew about four notes on the bass guitar,

and they seemed to know everything.

That was Walt Parazaider,

Terry Kath, and Danny Seraphine.

And a few months later, we were playing

at the Cheetah, a rock nightclub in Chicago,

and Walt and some of the guys came and told me,

"Hey, we're thinking of changing up the group.

We're going to add a few more horns, add some musicians,

like, make it seven guys."

And when those guys left the room,

we thought, "These guys are nuts."

Because we could barely pay four guys, much less seven.

Well, needless to say, a year later,

I had given up my life as a rock star

to try another thing, acting,

and someone ran up to me with a record album

and said, "Hey.

Aren't these Chicago Transit Authority guys

your friends?"

With Robert Lamm, James Pankow,Lee Loughnane, and Peter Cetera,

they were seven.

And together they changed music forever.

Here to honor Chicago, an extraordinary singer

from another legendary group with deep Chicago roots,

from Earth, Wind & Fire, here's Philip Bailey.

-Chicago, a much deserved congratulations

from Earth, Wind & Fire and your gazillion fans

on your Lifetime Achievement Award.

And to honor you, we've done something special.

With the genius of Mr. Greg Phillinganes

and Dean Parks,

we've done one of my favorite songs, "If You Leave Me Now."

Here it goes.

-Two, three, four...


-♪ If you leave me now

♪ You'll take away the biggest part of me ♪

♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh, no

♪ Baby, please don't go


♪ And if you leave me now

♪ You'll take away the very heart of me ♪

♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh, no

♪ Baby, please don't go

♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh, no

♪ I just want you to stay


♪ A love like ours is love that's hard to find ♪


-♪ How could we let it slip away? ♪


-♪ We've come too far to leave it all behind ♪


-♪ How could we end it all this way? ♪

-♪ When tomorrow comes

♪ And we both regret

♪ The things we said today


♪ Ohh-ohh-ooh-ohh



♪ A love like ours is love that's hard to find ♪


-♪ How could we let it slip away? ♪


-♪ We've come too far to leave it all behind ♪


-♪ How could we end it all this way? ♪

-♪ When tomorrow comes

♪ And we both regret

♪ The things we said today

♪ And if you leave me now

♪ You'll take away the biggest part of me ♪

♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh, no

♪ Baby, please don't go


♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh, no

♪ Baby, please don't go


♪ Oh-oh-oh, girl

♪ I just got to have your lovin', yeah ♪


♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh, no

♪ Baby, please

♪ Don't go

♪ Don't go ♪

-On behalf of the Recording Academy,

it's my pleasure to present

the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

to my pals, Chicago.

-Want to thank Joe Mantegna for presenting us

with this Lifetime Achievement Award.

We've known Joe for a long, long time,

back to the -- when we first started in the clubs.

And as a matter of fact, his band came in

and substituted for us one night

when we got fired for playing original music.

And, uh, who knew we'd get this far?

It was about as remote to get a Lifetime Achievement Award

as it is for a global pandemic to hit.

So, anyway, thank you very much, NARAS.

Thank you to all of our fans.

Stay safe. And we shall see you soon.

-I'd like to thank the Recording Academy for this great award.

It means the world to me.

There are a number of people that I need to acknowledge

that helped us along the way.

James Guercio, Irving Azoff, Howard Kaufman,

Phil Ramone, David Foster, and Peter Schivarelli

for help carrying on the legacy.

I really have to thank my former bandmates,

and I hope that someday we can get together

and toast to the great music that we've created

that has stood the test of time.

And my beautiful family. My wife, Pamela.

Very, very special thanks to the Chicago fans.

Without you, we'd be nothing.

I love and respect you all.

-Hi. I'm Michelle Kath Sinclair.

And I am beyond honored and excited

to accept this Lifetime Achievement Award

on behalf of my father, Terry Kath,

the lead guitarist and one of the founding members

of the band Chicago.

Thank you to the Academy for honoring my father

and his bandmates for their contribution to music

and contributing to "The Terry Kath Experience."

-I'd like to thank all of the people responsible

for this truly great honor --

the Grammy Recording Academy...

our manager, Peter Schivarelli...

and, of course, all the fans

that have supported us over the years.

Also my bandmates.

It has been my joy and pleasure to have created music

and to have worked with them for decades.

And last but not least, my wife, JacLynn,

and my whole family, as well.

Thanks for the love and support.

Peace. Blessings.

-As a founding member with Chicago, it's overwhelming

to be honored for music we've spent our lifetime

composing, recording, and performing.

I thank the Recording Academy,

Peter Schivarelli Management,

Rob Light at CAA,

Mike Engstrom at Warner Music,

and the folks at BMG Music.

Special thanks go to my wife, Joy, for her love and support.

Love to Kate, Sean, and Sacha.

Thanks also to our fans, our peers,

and lovers of music the world over.

As we all step into new realities

of acceptance, awareness, and justice,

I look forward to the future of music

and continuing to share ours with you.

-On behalf of my brothers in the band,

I want to say how grateful and how humbled I am

by this very special acknowledgment

from the Academy and our peers.

This is a big button on a very long career.

53 years on the road,

almost 150 million albums later,

we're still able to do what we do best,

and that's entertain and put smiles on faces.

Speaking of working again, we've been talking to

Philip Bailey and the Earth, Wind & Fire camp

about doing one more run together on the road.

They're great guys, and there's no concert

I have ever been a part of that is more incredible.

But in the meantime, I want to thank the Academy

for this amazing acknowledgment.

It's very special, and I will treasure it

for the rest of my life.

Thank you.

-Our next honoree passed on almost 50 years ago,

but every year, the part she played in our musical history

seems to become more profound.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

-♪ I'm gonna lay down my heavy load ♪

♪ Down by the riverside

-Sister Rosetta Tharpe,

known as the Godmother of Rock 'n' Roll

and the original soul sister,

was a musical force who broke down barriers

for countless other artists in a variety of genres.

Born Rosetta Nubin

in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, in 1915,

she came from a family of gospel singers,

cotton pickers, and evangelists.

She started playing guitar when she was only 4 years old,

and by age 6, Rosetta joined

her mother's traveling evangelical troupe,

billed as a "singing and guitar-playing miracle."

-♪ When the saints go marching in ♪

♪ You know, when the saints go marching in ♪

♪ I wanna be, wanna be, wanna be, wanna be ♪

♪ Wanna be one in that number

♪ When the saints go marching in ♪

-In 1938, under the name Rosetta Tharpe,

after her first marriage,

she recorded her first songs for Decca Records.

Early gems like "That's All," "The Lonesome Road,"

and the fittingly titled "Rock Me"

helped turn Sister Rosetta

into one of gospel music's first popular sensations.

As a deeply soulful vocalist

and with her pioneering use of the electric guitar,

Sister Rosetta became a profound influence on R&B

and, later, rock 'n' roll.

Tharpe would collaborate with numerous other greats,

including Duke Ellington and The Dixie Hummingbirds,

and recorded with the Jordanaires

way before Elvis Presley,

who later became one of her many notable fans.

-♪ It's on the way to glory

-On October 9, 1973,

on the eve of a scheduled recording session,

Sister Rosetta Tharpe died,

but this influential talent's extraordinary impact

only seems to grow with time.

-♪ This tr-a-a-a-ain

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ Bell tolling ]

-Hello. I'm Yola.

And I'm here in Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium,

the mother church of country music,

to help the Recording Academy honor a woman

who made music history in many genres,

Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Earlier this year, I was preparing to play

Sister Rosetta Tharpe in a major motion picture,

but the truth is there was only ever one Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

There was no script for this woman.

She wrote her own groundbreaking story.

And this is how Sister Rosetta Tharpe

gave us all her own gospel truth.

[ Drumsticks clicking ]


-♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head

-♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air

-♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head

-♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air

-♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head

-♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air

-♪ I really do believe, yeah, I really do believe ♪

♪ There's a heaven somewhere

-♪ There's a heaven somewhere

-♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head

-♪ I hear trouble in the air -♪ I hear trouble in the air

-♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head

-♪ I hear trouble in the air -♪ I hear trouble in the air

-♪ Up above my head

♪ Head, head -♪ Up above my head

-♪ I hear trouble in the air

-♪ I hear trouble in the air -♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh,

-♪ I really do believe, yeah, I really do believe ♪

♪ There's a heaven somewhere

-♪ There's a heaven




-♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head

-♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air

-♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head

-♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air

-♪ Up above my head -♪ Ohh-ohh-ohh!

-♪ I hear music in the air

-[ Scatting ]

-♪ I really do believe, yeah, I really do believe ♪

♪ There's a heaven somewhere

-♪ There's a heaven somewhere

-♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head

-♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air

-♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head

-♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air

-♪ Up above my head

♪ Head, head -♪ Up above my head

-♪ I hear music in the air

-♪ I hear music in the air -♪ Ohh-ohh-ohh!

-♪ And I really do believe, yeah, I really do believe ♪

♪ There's a heaven somewhere

-♪ There's a heaven somewhere

-♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head

-♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air

-♪ Up above my head -♪ Up above my head

-♪ I hear music in the air -♪ I hear music in the air

-♪ Up above my head

-♪ Head, head -♪ Up above my head

-♪ I hear music in the air

-♪ I hear music in the air -[ Scatting ]

-♪ I really do believe, yeah, I really do believe ♪

♪ There's a heaven somewhere

-♪ Heaven somewhere

[ Finale plays ]

-Nobody could sing or play Sister Rosetta like she did.

Just take a look at this remarkable performance

of "Didn't It Rain" that Sister Rosetta gave

in a train station in Manchester, England,

back in 1964.



-♪ Didn't it rain, children

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪ Rain, oh, yes

♪ Didn't it, yes, didn't it, you know it did ♪

♪ Didn't it?

♪ Oh, oh, yes

♪ How it rained

♪ I said it rained, children

♪ Rained, oh, yes

♪ Didn't it, yes, didn't it, you know it did ♪

♪ Didn't it

♪ Oh, my Lord, how it rained


♪ I know it rained, you know it rained ♪

♪ Rained too long, all night long ♪

♪ Rained all day, rained all night ♪

♪ Rain, rain, rain, rain, it rained ♪

♪ Rain, rain, rain, rain, it rained ♪

♪ Rain, children

♪ Rain, oh, yes

♪ Didn't it, yes, didn't it, you know it did ♪

♪ Didn't it

♪ Oh, my Lord

♪ How it r-a-a-ained

[ Cheers and applause ]

-My name is Rhiannon Giddens,

and I'm here in Ireland in front of this beautiful church

because Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a woman of the church.

But the special thing about herwas that she was equally at home

in the world of rock 'n' roll.

And her special and innovative guitar playing

inspired legions of players to follow her.

Before her, things sounded very different

than after she came on the scene.

So it is with great honor that I'm here to present,

on behalf of the Recording Academy,

the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sister Rosetta Tharpe,

guitar player extraordinaire, singer,

and all-around incredible personality.

Accepting on her behalf, her granddaughter, Angela.

-I would like her legacy to still live on.

And I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for this award.

This is an honor to me and my family.

Thank you so much.

-"Lust for Life" is not just the name

of one of our next honoree's greatest hits.

It's also a pretty good description of how he's earned

the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Iggy Pop.

-I get a lot of my influence,like, from the electric shavers.

And, uh... -[ Laughter ]

-It's true. No, it's true.

-No, but it's funny how those sou--

You don't realize how the sound is --

What did you do to those nice people out there?

They believe you.

-♪ I'm a real wild one, wild one, wild one, wild one ♪

-The man who would achieve worldwide fame as Iggy Pop

was born James Newell Osterberg in Muskegon, Michigan.

He played in a variety of high-school bands in Ann Arbor,

including The Iguanas,

the original inspiration for Iggy's now-famous stage name.

Also inspired by The Doors, the Rolling Stones,

and James Brown, among others,

Iggy formed a group at first called

The Psychedelic Stooges

at the University of Michigan in 1967.

-♪ Well, it's 1969, okay

-By 1969, Iggy was front and center

for the explosive debut of The Stooges.

The primal and unrelenting sonic attack created

by Pop, Ron and Scott Asheton, and Dave Alexander

kicked down the doors for so much that would follow,

including generations of punk rockers

with hard-hitting standouts like

"I Wanna Be Your Dog," "No Fun," and "1969."

Though the band's commercial success was limited,

the group made Pop legendary for his wildly intense

and nakedly charismatic live performance style.

Beginning with The Stooges' 1973 album "Raw Power,"

Pop found a prominent fanand collaborator in David Bowie,

with whom Pop worked with

on unambitious, acclaimed,

and ultimately influential albums

like "The Idiot" and "Lust for Life."


In the years that have followed,

Iggy Pop has explored his artistry

in all sorts of eclectic directions,

both with new collaborators and old associates,

including reunions with The Stooges.

Pop continues to connectwith audiences around the world,

somehow always combining his singular raw power

with his lifelong ability to search and destroy

and exceed expectations wherever he goes.

-♪ Candy

♪ Candy, Candy, Candy, I can't let you go ♪

-I'm Don Was, and in May of 1969,

I first saw The Psychedelic Stooges

playing between sets by Sun Ra and Chuck Berry

at the Detroit Rock & Roll Revival Festival.

And nobody in the crowd had ever seen anything like this band

with their nihilistic worldview

set against these raw R&B groups

and fronted by a lead singer

with an intense and almost frightening energy.

You simply could not take your eyes off of him.

But here's the thing.

This incredible onstage presence is just a small part

of what makes Iggy Pop an extraordinary artist.

I first met him face-to-face in 1989

to discuss making the album "Brick by Brick"

and was really taken by surprise

by how deeply intelligent and educated and thoughtful

and gentle he actually is.

He talked at length about Haitian art

and about philosophy,

and then he pulled out the lyrics for his new songs,

which were absolutely brilliant.

So in preparation for this show, I went back to read them again,

and I was blown away by how these songs resonate

even more today than they did 30 years ago.

He dealt with themes

covering injustice and brutality and homelessness.

He wrote about the erosion of the American spirit

in the face of postwar complacency.

And he sang about the struggle to transcend

the hypocrisy, the greed, and the ambition

that permeate contemporary life.

Iggy's impact on the language in music is extraordinary,

and to discuss that tonight,

here's one of the many artists that Iggy's influenced,

Henry Rollins.

-When I was 20, I joined a band,

and they said, "Here are The Stooges' records.

You need to really understand these records

to understand this band, because this is like the core."

And it hit me very early on

that Iggy's brilliant and lyrically intense.

Like, he doesn't phone them in.

And I think it's easy to be overwhelmed

by Iggy's physical presence on stage.

Like, there's this, like, tornado of energy and charisma,

where you don't even hear the words.

You're too busy going like, "How d-- How does he do that?!"

But then when you drill down, you realize

here's this really intelligent guy

who actually does have a lot to say.

To me, the phenomenon of rock 'n' roll

is, say you hear a song when you're 15 --

Beatles, Elvis, whatever it was

that grabbed you when you were young.

And fast-forward the tape 50 years later.

Now you're an old geezer or whatever.

You put that song on and watch that old guy

get up out of his seat and start moving

because rock 'n' roll just --

It's the infusion of youth and forever and agelessness.

You just -- You'll live forever.

And that is embodied to me with the song

"Search and Destroy" on "Raw Power."

It's probably the one lyric

I'm the most jealous of in my entire life.

"I'm a streetwalking cheetah with a heart full of napalm.

I'm a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb.

I am the world's forgotten boy,

the one who searches and destroys."

You're never going to write that 'cause someone already did.

So just put it on the T-shirt and get in line.

[ Laughter ]

So those records hit me like a bus.

-Yeah, I mean, even though those records

had tremendous impact on everybody

and -- and really stand the test of time,

it's wild to -- to think of going from that

to something kind of formal like this

where we're giving him a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

-Well, the fact is he doesn't quit

and he just endures...

and his voice sounds fantastic.


-♪ Well, I am worth a million in prizes ♪

♪ I got a torture film, I drive a GTO ♪

♪ I wear a uniform

♪ All on a government loan, ha ha! ♪

♪ I'm worth a million in prizes ♪

♪ Now I am sick of sleeping on the sidewalk ♪

♪ No more beating my brains

♪ No more beating my brains

♪ With liquor and drugs

♪ With liquor and drugs

♪ I am just a modern guy


♪ Of course, I've had it in my ear before ♪

♪ I got a lust for life


♪ I got a lust for life

Here we go!

♪ Got a lust for life


-In a recent example of Iggy's brilliance,

he adapted a Lou Reed lyric called "We Are the People"

on his album "Free."

-We are the people without right.


We are the people who have known

only lies and desperation.


We are the people without a country...

a voice, or a mirror.


We are the crystal gaze...

returned through the density and immensity

of a berserk nation.

-Over the last 50-some years,

Iggy's been one of the greatest performers of all time,

but more importantly, he's been a true artistic hero,

triumphantly waging the poetic battle

between man's higher and lower self.

I don't want to make this sound too formal.

We are talking about a guy who's helped establish

the extreme boundaries of rock 'n' roll.

But on behalf of the Recording Academy,

it really is an honor to present

this well-deserved Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

to the great poet, musician, and artist Iggy Pop.

Congratulations, man.


This is a very large award, and it's a large honor.

I'll take it. Yeah.

It's been a lifetime for me hanging out with musicians

'cause I like them and listen to music

and trying to make some of my own

because it's a beautiful thing.

And I'm grateful to the board of the Academy

for letting me in the house.

I've spent many years chipping away out on the road,

playing for the people,

and I've always tried not to be boring, so...

This is really not about me anyway.

It's about all the kids

who followed in something that resembled my footsteps

and maybe becamea little more rad along the way.

So...punk on.

-♪ You don't know what I know

♪ What that woman has done for me ♪

-Both in the spotlight and behind the scenes,

Isaac Hayes would have tremendous impact

throughout his long and varied career in music and beyond.

Hayes was born in Covington, Tennessee,

in 1942, the son of sharecroppers,

but was orphaned as a childand raised along with his sister

by his grandparents.

A childhood prodigy,

Hayes began singing in church at age 5

and soon learned a number of instruments.

-♪ Comin' to you

♪ On a dusty road

-By the early '60s, Hayes found an important musical home

playing sessions at Stax Records in Memphis.

Collaborating with Dave Porter,

Hayes would write and produce many of Stax's

most legendary soul and R&B classics,

including an unforgettable run of smash hits for Sam & Dave,

among them "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Soul Man."

-"Hot Buttered Soul." Number eight on the Top LPs.

Over on the Soul charts, it's number two.

And on the Jazz charts, it's number one.

So, here is Isaac Hayes.

-♪ And walk on by

♪ Walk on by

-And with his 1969 solo album, "Hot Buttered Soul,"

Hayes would become

a hit recording artist in his own right,

with epically soulful musical reinventions

of recent hits like "Walk On By"

and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix."

-I'm hoping that I -- that I personally

haven't overdressed for the occasion.

[ Laughter ]

-Uh, no, you look cool.

-Well, thank you.

-♪ Who is the man

♪ That would risk his neck for his brother man? ♪

-♪ Shaft -Can ya dig it?

-Hayes took another bold leap forward

with his groundbreaking soundtrack

for director Gordon Parks' 1971 film "Shaft"

that became a daring and trendsetting pop sensation

that helped set the stage for the rap revolution to come.

The "Shaft" soundtrack even earned Hayes

an Academy Award for Best Original Song,

making him the first Black Oscar winner ever

in a non-acting category.

Hayes' tremendous star power and his distinctive voice

made him a presence on screen and off

until his passing in 2008.

A three-time Grammy Award winner

and 14-time nominee

whose work is in the Grammy Hall of Fame,

this legendary soul man takes his rightful place

as a Lifetime Achievement Award honoree.

-♪ Just the way you are

-To tell you more about Isaac

and introduce a very special performance in his honor,

our Emmy-winning music director, Greg Phillinganes.

-Isaac once said, "There's always hurdles,

so I just keep moving,

just constantly redefining myself.

That's how you stay in the race."

And he proved that quote well with his amazingly long career,

from writing hits in the '60s like "Soul Man" for Sam & Dave

to the '70s with the classic iconic "Shaft" soundtrack

to the '80s, writing hits like "Déjà Vu" for Dionne Warwick.

Now to pay tribute to his buddy Isaac

and sing a few of his timeless songs,

a Grammy legend who the Recording Academy

saluted with his own Lifetime Achievement Award

just last year,

the Soul Man himself, Sam Moore!

-I spent more than 50 years

of singing songs by Isaac Hayes,

who I believe was a genius.

Now it's my turn to help honor the man I owe so much to.


♪ You didn't have to love me like you did ♪

♪ But you did, and you did

-♪ And I thank you

-♪ You didn't have to squeeze me like you did ♪

♪ Oh, but you did

-♪ And I thank you

-♪ If you took your love to someone else ♪

♪ I wouldn't know what it meant to be loved to death ♪

♪ You make me feel like I've never felt ♪

♪ Kisses so good, I had to holler for help ♪

♪ You didn't have to squeeze me, but you did ♪

♪ But you did

-♪ And I thank you

-♪ Yeah, you didn't have to hold me like you did ♪

♪ But I'm glad about it

-♪ And I thank you -Listen!

♪ Thank you

♪ Oh, thank you

♪ Thank you

♪ Baby

♪ Ohh ♪

[ Segue into "You Don't Know Like I Know" ]


♪ You don't know like I know

♪ What that woman has done for me ♪

♪ In the morning, she's my water ♪

♪ In the evening, she's my cup of tea, now ♪

♪ Now, just as long as I live

♪ Whenever trouble arise

♪ I go to her

♪ And like a miracle

♪ Everything is all right ♪

[ Segue into "Hold On, I'm Coming" melody ]



[ Segue into "You Got Me Hummin'" ]

♪ I don't know what you got

♪ But it's getting to me

♪ It makes my cold nights hot

♪ Hot chills just blow right through me ♪


♪ Oh, power

♪ Baby, it's in your hands

♪ You got me hummin'


♪ You got me hummin'


♪ You got me hummin'


-♪ You got me hummin', ooh-ooh

♪ You got me hummin', ooh-ooh

♪ You got me hummin', hoo-hoo-hoo ♪♪


[ Segue into "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" ]


-♪ Just what

♪ Uh-huh

♪ She means to me now


♪ Ohh, you just wouldn't

♪ Oh, you just wouldn't understand ♪


♪ People may say

♪ That she's no good

♪ But, ohh, she's my woman

♪ And, uh

♪ Ah, I know, I know I'm her man ♪


♪ If she's

♪ Got a problem


♪ Ohh-ohh

♪ I know, I know I'm gonna help her solve 'em ♪

♪ When something is wrong


♪ With my baby


♪ Something is wrong

♪ Something is wrong with me


♪ Sing

-♪ When something is wrong

-♪ When something is wrong, something is wrong ♪

-♪ With my baby -♪ With my baby

Isaac told me to sing it like this.

♪ Something -♪ When something is wrong

-♪ Something is wrong with my baby ♪

-♪ With my baby -♪ Ohh

♪ Yes, dear, yes, yes, yes, yes ♪

-♪ Something is wrong

-♪ Something is wrong

♪ With

♪ M-e-e-e-e

-Hello. I'm Isaac Hayes III.

On behalf of my family and the estate of Isaac Hayes,

we want to say thank you to the Recording Academy

for this Lifetime Achievement Award.

We're appreciative and so grateful of the fact

that Isaac Hayes continues to be recognized

for his contributions in music.

And we continue to fight

and -- and want to bring attention

to artists' rights, music rights

as we deal with racial equality and income equality,

especially in the music industry for Black icons

like Isaac Hayes who have paved the way.

With that being said, we havean important election coming up.

Voting is key and also provides

a great opportunity for legislation

to make those things happen in music and entertainment.

If you do anything, don't do anything --

Do get out and vote. That is very important.

But on behalf of my family

and the estate of Isaac Hayes and Isaac Hayes,

we want to say thank you so much for this

Lifetime Achievement Award. Thank you very much.

-The Recording Academy honors all kinds of music.

Here's a look at the innovative work

that has earned theTrustees Award for Philip Glass.

[ "Resource" plays ]



-Part of the content of the music

is its physiological impact, that it just hits you.

It's real gut music in that way.

And as people, we can respond to it on that level.

-Composer and pianist Philip Glass,

honored this year

with the Recording Academy's Trustees Award,

is widely regarded as the most influential

and game-changing composer

of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Through his operas, film scores, concert pieces, theater works,

and wide-ranging collaborations

with the likes of David Bowie, Paul Simon,

and Martin Scorsese, among others,

Philip Glass and his varied musical explorations

with repetitive structures have shaped

the modern contemporary classical canon and art itself.

Though Glass has frequently been called a minimalist composer,

Glass himself has never really agreed with this description.

And indeed, it seems impossible to define Glass'

wide-ranging contributions in any such limiting way.

[ "Pruitt Igoe" plays ]


Born in Baltimore, Maryland,

Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago

and the Juilliard School.

In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years

of intensive study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger

and, while there, earned money by transcribing

Ravi Shankar's Indian music into Western notation.

By 1974, Glass had created a large collection

of new music for the Philip Glass Ensemble

and for the Mabou Mines theater company.

This period culminated in "Music in Twelve Parts"

and the groundbreaking opera "Einstein on the Beach,"

for which Glass collaborated with Robert Wilson.

Ever since, Glass has continued to create wide-ranging works,

including the Academy Award-nominated

film scores "Kundun" and "The Hours."

Through it all, he has continued to explore

and create new works performed around the world,

further reason Philip Glass

remains a modern musical hero today.


-Hello. I'm Laurie Anderson.

And I'm very happy to be here

and talk about my friend Philip Glass.

I met Phil in the '70s

around the same time I started to meditate,

so his music and meditation

are on the same frequency in my heart.

And every time I think

that life isn't worth living,

I think of Phil

and his positive attitude towards life and music.

And I am so grateful to him.

We're going to play a song called "Gee Whiz,"

which was something we made last November

and played at a theater called La MaMa

in honor of Ellen Stewart,

who is the founder of that theater.

She was on the forefront for many years

of the New York avant-garde scene.

And I'm joined by Rubin Kodheli,

my great friend and wonderful cellist.

We're going to play "Gee Whiz."



This is a song for Ellen.

This is a song called "Gee Whiz."

As in...

there wasn't a song a moment ago...

and now there is.




This is a song for Ellen.

She's waving a flag.


She says, "Dear visitors.

Our theater is open now."




This is a song for New York City.

No one comes here anymore.

Ellen says...

"I am not this.

This is not me.

This God."







These are the words that start with the word "the."

The war. The truth.

The future. The past.

The spring. The light.

Ellen says, "Make something beautiful anyway.

Our theaters are open tonight."



This is a song for Ellen.

This is a song called "Gee Whiz."

As in...there wasn't a thing here before.


And now there is.


Ellen said, "There's no path to follow.

There's no such thing.

We just...

walk out in the morning,

pick a direction, a path."

There's something that forms...

behind you.


This is a song for Ellen.

This is a song called "Gee Whiz."

As in...

there wasn't a song a moment ago...

and now...

there is.

On behalf of the Recording Academy,

it is my great honor to present the Trustees Award

to Philip Glass, my friend, and to accept it on his behalf.

-Our next honoree earned his Trustees Award

as a talent scout and record executive

who helped make recording-industry history.

Frank Walker.


-♪ Say, hey, good-lookin'

♪ Whatcha got cookin'?

-Born October 24, 1889, in rural Fly Summit, New York,

Francis "Frank" Buckley Walker

went on to become an A&R scout and talent agent

who helped discover some of the most significant

musical artists of the 20th century,

including country-music icon Hank Williams,

blues legend Bessie Smith,

and gospel and blues great Blind Willie Johnson.

After time working in a bank in Albany and on Wall Street,

then in the Navy, Walker went to work

for the Columbia Phonograph Company,

and by 1923, he was a talent agent

and head of A&R for Columbia and RCA Victor.

-♪ My man's got a heart

♪ Like a rock cast in the sea

-In search of talent, Walker went south

where, with the help of musician and promoter Clarence Williams,

he met and signed Bessie Smith.

Both sides of Smith's first record for Columbia,

"Down Hearted Blues" backed with "Gulf Coast Blues,"

became hits,

and before long, Bessie Smith became known

as the "Empress of the Blues."

In the late 1920s, Walker ran the Johnson City sessions,

which helped launch the careers of country artists

like Charlie Bowman, Bill & Belle Reed,

and Clarence Ashley.

-♪ I saw the light, I saw the light ♪

-In the mid-'40s, Walker came out of a brief retirement

to help launch MGM Records and discovered Hank Williams,

a game-changing figure in country-music history,

as well as establishing the soundtrack album

and helping create the RecordIndustry Association of America.

Walker famously wrote

"The Last Letter" tribute to Hank Williams

upon hearing about his friend's death in 1953.

Walker himself died 10 years later in 1963.

But his impact on music lives on.

And this year, Frank Walker is honored

with the Recording Academy's Trustees Award.

[ Applause ]

-Hi. I'm Chris Isaak.

I'm at RCA Studio A in Nashville.

A lot of great music's been recorded here,

and today we're honoring Frank Walker,

who helped bring us recordings

by some of the most important artists in history,

including this song by Frank's friend Hank Williams.

You might recognize it.

♪ Your cheatin' heart

♪ Will make you weep

♪ You'll cry and cry

♪ And try to sleep


-♪ But sleep won't come

-♪ Ooh

-♪ The whole night through

-♪ Ooh

-♪ Your cheatin' heart

-♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh

-♪ Will tell on you

-♪ Will tell on you

-♪ When tears come dow-own

♪ Like falling rain

♪ You'll toss around

♪ And call my name

-♪ Ooh

-♪ You're gonna walk that floor ♪

♪ Just the way that I do

♪ Your cheatin' heart

-♪ Ahh-ahh-ahh

-♪ Will tell on you

-♪ Will tell on you


-♪ Your cheatin' heart

-♪ Your cheatin' heart

-♪ Will pine some day

-♪ Will pine some day

-♪ You'll crave the love

-♪ You'll crave the love

-♪ You tossed away


♪ The time will come

-♪ The time will come

-♪ When you'll feel blue

-♪ When you'll feel blue

-♪ Your cheatin' heart

-♪ Your cheatin' heart

-♪ Will tell on you

♪ When tears come down-own

♪ Like falling rain


♪ You'll toss around

♪ And call my name

-♪ And call my name

-♪ You're gonna walk that floor ♪

-♪ You'll walk the floor

-♪ Just the way that I do

♪ Your cheatin' heart

-♪ Your cheatin' heart

-♪ Will tell on you

♪ Your cheatin' heart

-♪ Your cheatin' heart

-♪ Will tell on you

-♪ Y-o-o-o-ou


Thanks to Dave Cobb, Brian Allen, and Chris Scruggs

and the Secret Sisters, of course.

And now, on behalf of the Recording Academy,

it's my honor to present the Trustees Award to Frank Walker.

Accepting on his behalf, Frank's son, John Walker.

-As a boy in the 1920s,

I recall his many trips to the South

for Columbia Records

in search of new country musical talent.

As a teenager in the 1930s,

I recall the musicians and singers

he encouraged at RCA during the big-band era.

I also recall the post-World War II years

when he started and led MGM Records

until he retired in the early 1960s.

He was a man of great executive talent and musical insight

who gave so much to the record industry for 40 years.

Thank you for this Grammy in recognition

of his accomplishments in the record industry.

-♪ Ooh-ooh

-Drop it!

[ "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" plays ]

-Public Enemy -- Chuck D, Flavor Flav,

Terminator X, and Professor Griff --

have fought the power

as one of the most influential forces in hip-hop history

and perhaps the most important

and socially conscious rap group ever.

Public Enemy's debut album, "Yo! Bum Rush the Show,"

was released in 1987 and featured the group

working with the hip-hop production team The Bomb Squad.

-♪ Don't believe the hype

-♪ Don't, don't, don't

-♪ Don't believe the hype, yeah ♪

-Public Enemy's follow-up album,

"It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back,"

was a major leap forward,

voted the number-one album of 1988

in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll

and, many years later, recognized

as one of the top 50 greatest albums of all time

byRolling Stone.

1989 saw the release of "Fear of a Black Planet,"

featuring standout statements

"Welcome to the Terrordome," "911 is a Joke,"

and one of the most passionate and popular hip-hop songs ever,

"Fight the Power."

That enduring classic earned Public Enemy

its first-ever Grammy nomination

for Best Rap Performance in 1990.

-Yeah, boy!

-Bass, how low can you go?

♪ Death row, what a brother know ♪

-The group continued to explore their strong

and sometimes controversial point of view

on "Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black,"

another considerable success.

But by the end of the '90s,

Terminator X would retire from Public Enemy.

The group would continue on

both as recording and performing artists.

And here in the 21st century, the record shows

that Public Enemy stands as a potent hip-hop force

that changed rap history forever.

[ "Shut 'Em Down" plays ]


-Hello. I'm LL Cool J.

And Public Enemy and I go way back.

I'm proud to say that we were in the trenches fighting together

for a hip-hop revolution that has changed

not just our music, but the whole world.

The record shows that Public Enemy

have fought the power like no other group in history.

On stage and off, Public Enemy

were an undeniable and fearless force.

We're talking about a group that created some of

the most meaningful albums in all of hip-hop history,

including "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back"

and "Fear of a Black Planet" --

classic recordings that had so much to say that people

are still talking about them now here in the 21st century.

And so, on behalf of the Recording Academy,

I am happy to present the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

to my friends, Public Enemy.

[ Indistinct shouting ]


-Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go!

-♪ 1989

♪ The number, another summer

-♪ Get down

-♪ Sound of the funky drummer

♪ Music hitting your heart 'cause I know you got soul ♪

-♪ Brothers and sisters -♪ Hey, hey

-♪ Listen, if you're missin', y'all ♪

♪ Swinging while I'm singing ♪ Hey

♪ Givin' whatcha gettin'

♪ Knowin' what I knowin'

♪ While the Black bands sweatin' ♪

♪ And the rhythm rhymes rollin' ♪

♪ Got to give us what we want -♪ Unh

-♪ Gotta give us what we need -♪ Hey

-♪ Our freedom of speech is freedom or death ♪

♪ We got to fight the powers that be ♪

-♪ Lemme hear you say -♪ Fight the power

♪ Fight the power

-♪ Lemme hear you say -♪ Fight the power

♪ Fight the power

♪ Fight the power

♪ Fight the power

♪ Fight the power

♪ We've got to fight the powers that be ♪

♪ As the rhythm's designed to bounce ♪

♪ What counts is that the rhyme's designed ♪

♪ To fill your mind

♪ Now that you've realized the pride's arrived ♪

♪ We got to pump the stuff to make us tough ♪

♪ From the heart, it's a start, a work of art ♪

♪ To revolutionize, make a change, nothing's strange ♪

♪ People, people, we're all the same ♪

♪ No, we're not the same, 'cause we don't know the game ♪

♪ What we need is awareness, we can't get careless ♪

-♪ You say, what is this?

-♪ My beloved, let's get down to business ♪

♪ Mental self-defensive fitness ♪

♪ Bum rush the show

-♪ You gotta go for what you know ♪

♪ To make everybody see

♪ In order to fight the powers that be ♪

♪ Fight the power

♪ Fight the power

♪ Fight the power

♪ Fight the power

♪ Fight the power

-This is Flavor Flav in the building.

You know what I'm sayin'? And I ain't playin'.

And it's all in this message that I'm about to be relayin'.

-[Echoing] Terminator X only speaks with his hands!

-♪ I wanna thank you, everybody ♪

[ Hip-hop beat plays ]

-I want to thank everybody and anybody

who ever had anything at all to do with...

[ Record scratching ]

-Thank you very much.

It's an honor, and it's a pleasure

to be here at this trying but yet beautiful time.

It was my hope and dream and aspiration that our music

coming from a small little studio

in Long Island, New York,

would help change

those particular ideas

that governed the world at that particular time.

We wanted to hold a mirror up to America and the world

and peop-- let America know

that this is what we're seeing through the lens

of our music.

[ Record scratching ]

-♪ Time for me to exit, Terminator X-it ♪

-♪ Thank you

♪ Chuck D, Chuck, Chuck, Chuck, Chuck D, D ♪

-Hey. What's up? This is Chuck D. Public Enemy.

Um, I got the Hendrix shirt on.

Ziggy Marley sent me something from the Marley family.

And at the same time, NARAS sent this.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Enemy. 2020.

This goes out to all of my guys that helped make it possible.

-♪ My, my, my, my, my entire family ♪

♪ Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop

-All of my kids.

This goes out to y'all, too.

-Especially my mom

for the sacrifice that she made to keep music

in the household, keep music in my life.

I want to thank my wife, Solé, for the balance

that's definitely needed

at this late stage in the game.

-I'm not really one for awards,

but I can accept this award for them.

And if it could be broken into a thousand pieces,

it would go to the many contributors

of Public Enemy since 1987 as a professional group,

but since the early 1980s,

as curators of hip-hop and rap music and music itself.

So I get to be thankful.

I'd like to thank you all for this.

And let's keep it going. All right?

Peace. I'm Chuck D.

-Yo, LL, yo, thanks, G.

Word up for giving this to us.

You know what I'm sayin'? Word up. Rock the bells!

Yeah, boy! Flavor Flav!

Thank you, y'all.

[ Sample of "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin" plays ]

-♪ Thank you for let--

♪ Thank you for let--

-♪ Thank you for let--

-♪ Thank you for let--

♪ Thank you

-Thank you, thank you, thank you to my brothers in Public Enemy.

And, once again, thank the Recording Academy

for this Lifetime Achievement Award.

We say in our tradition, "ashé,"

and "ashé" simply means "so be it."

So ashé, ashé, ashé.

Thank you very much.

-This year, and every year, the Academy is working

to support music education in our schools.

Presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum

since 2014, the Music Educator Award

was established to recognize current educators.

Let's learn more about this year's winner.

-Mickey Smith Jr., who is now the school band leader

for about half of the entire student body

of Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, Louisiana,

where he's taught for the past 15 years,

is the recipient of the 2020 Music Educator Award,

presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum.

-You have to follow directions. Raise your hand to speak.

Stay in your seat. Be prepared. The next one is...

-Respect property of others! -Respect property of others.

We got a lot of instruments in this room,

so we want to make sure we take care of them, okay?

Make sure we take care of them.

-Smith is known for making the students

at Maplewood Middle School feel loved, valued, and wanted

and inspired to make music.

In addition to teaching at Maplewood Middle,

Smith is also president of MusicMakers2U,

which provides refurbished instruments to students.

Tonight, we thank Mickey Smith and all music educators

doing the important work of inspiring

our next generation of musicians and music lovers.

-On behalf of the Recording Academy,

it's my genuine honor

to present the Music Educator Award

to Mickey Smith Jr.

-I am thankful to the Recording Academy,

the Grammy Museum, and Ford Motor Company

for making this award possible.

I want to thank God, first and foremost,

for making all things possible and providing me the purpose

and the passion that makes it easy for me

to get out of bed with no alarm clock

needed in the mornings to entertain,

to educate, and to elevate every learner to excellence.

I am so blessed to share this thing called life

with my beautiful wife, Eugenia,

my son, William and my daughter, Mikayla.

It's because of you that my life is better,

and you inspire me to be better for you.

To my partner in education, Kyle Cook, thank you for taking

this marathon called the school year with me

for the last six years.

And to all my students that I'm responsible for in my classroom

and throughout the community, I just want to say thank you

for allowing me to play a small role in your lives.

I'm grateful to be a part of this educational family

here at Maplewood, and I'm honored to stand

and represent the countless number of educators

that make teaching the noblest of professions.

Special thanks, Sean Ardoin, for nominating me

each and every year

and continuing the support and encouragement.

I'm blessed to still have my parents here

to see this honor, so today I honor you,

Mickey Smith Sr., Emma Smith.

Thank you for teaching me

what it means to always keep on going.

I'm always reminded that I represent

those that came before me

and some that are no longer with me.

So for those and so many other reasons, I will keep on going.

And to everyone that's watching, you have a sound.

Let us be the sound to change the world.

Thank you.

-The connection between music and technology

is complex and deep.

So here's a look at this year's honoree

for the Technical Grammy Award.

[ Buzzing ]

[ Electric guitar plays ]

-George Augspurger is a legendary acoustician

and pioneer in the fields of speaker and studio design.

He has designed studios and custom monitors

for top artists and production facilities around the globe

and is also revered for his willingness

to help anyone in need of sonic advice,

regardless of how small their studio might be.

-♪ Still my guitar gently weeps ♪

-After 70 years in the recording industry,

Augspurger continues to design outstanding studios

and custom monitors and to inspire new generations

by teaching a course

in loudspeaker system design at USC.

For his enduring contributions

to the art and business of recording,

George Augspurger is the recipient

of the Technical Grammy Special Merit Award.

-I've mixed a lot of hits on this man's speakers.

I know what a differencegroundbreaking technology makes.

So on behalf of the Recording Academy,

I'm honored to present the Technical Grammy Award

to George Augspurger.

-This is wonderful. This was an unexpected honor.

And I certainly want to thank the Recording Academy

and all my colleagues who voted for me.

And special thanks to Jeff Greenberg

at the Village Recording Studio.

Now, this Grammy is a little different from most of them.

This is a Technical award,

and it's a reminder that the Academy represents

both the arts and sciences of music recording.

To the young people watching,

I would say that if you like music,

but you're curious about how things work

and why they sound the way they do,

recording technology can be an awful lot of fun.

It certainly is for me.

So, once again, thank you, all, very much.

-And now it's a special pleasure

for me to help salute a remarkable TV producer

who I felt privileged to work with on the Grammy broadcast

for more years than I care to remember --

my friend Ken Ehrlich.

-Tonight live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles,

music's biggest night is back.

[ "Smooth" plays ]


-For the past 40 years,

legendary TV producer Ken Ehrlich

has played a leading role

in transforming the Grammy Awards broadcast

into music's biggest night

and creating the very concept of the Grammy Moment --

unique artist collaborations never before seen on stage.

In the process, Ehrlich has set a new standard

for music programing on television.

-♪ Purple rain, purple rain

-♪ Oh, yeah

-Born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio,

Ehrlich majored in journalism at Ohio University.

After graduating, Ehrlich and his wife, Harriet,

moved to Chicago.

In 1974, he created the groundbreaking

music performance series "Soundstage"

for the Chicago public television station WTTW,

where he presented an eclectic group of significant artists

reflecting Ken's diverse musical taste.

Soon, Ehrlich was getting offers

to bring his exciting, creative vision

and musical knowledge west to Los Angeles,

where he started work on a wide range of shows

in variety television.

By 1980, Ken began to work on the Grammy Awards,

and by putting Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond together

to sing "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"

that year, Ken brought to life

what's been called the first Grammy Moment.

-♪ I'm still standin'

♪ After all this time

-Beyond the Grammy broadcast, he has created a series

of award-winning Grammy tributes to artists

including The Beatles, Stevie Wonder,

Elton John, and Prince.

Ehrlich has also brought his talents

to many other major television events,

such as the Emmy Awards

and a series of themed White House music specials.

-♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ♪

-In all that he's done and will do,

Ken Ehrlich has brought a passion for music

to millions of viewers all around the world.

And now the Recording Academy is honoring Ken

with a Grammy Moment of his own,

as this year he receives a Trustees Award.

[ Cheers and applause ]


I'm Cyndi Lauper.

In life and in music,

there are some people who you love being around

and working with,

and when you meet those people in this crazy business,

you treasure them.

From my Grammy appearance last February

to the first timewe worked together back in 1985,

Ken Ehrlich has been there for me,

and I've always tried to be there for him, too.

So tonight,

when Ken is getting his Grammy moment, finally,

I wanted to sing his favorite song of mine.

So thank you, Ken.

And of course, I'll be playing the dulcimer.

I know you love it. I know. I'm going to send you one.

And anyway, enjoy this evening.

I love you, and you've alwaysdone a great job over the years,

so I hope you still take my phone call.

You ready?

1, 2, 3, 4.




♪ Lying in my bed, I hear the clock tick and think of you ♪

♪ Caught up in circles, confusion is nothing new ♪

♪ Flashback, warm nights, almost left behind ♪

♪ Suitcase of memories, time after ♪

♪ Sometimes, you picture me, I'm walking too far ahead ♪

♪ You're calling to me, I can't hear what you said ♪

♪ Oh, then you say, "Go slow," but I fall behind ♪

♪ And the second hand unwinds

♪ If you're lost, you can look and you will find me ♪

♪ Time after time

♪ If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting ♪

♪ Time after time

♪ If you're lost, you can look and you will find me ♪

♪ Time after time

♪ If you fall, I will catch you, I will be waiting ♪

♪ Time after time




♪ After my picture fades, and darkness has turned to gray ♪

♪ Watching through windows, you're wondering if I'm okay ♪

♪ Secrets stolen from deep inside ♪

♪ And the drum beats out of time ♪

♪ If you're lost, you can look and you will find me ♪

♪ Time after time

♪ If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting ♪

♪ Time after time




♪ You say, "Go slow," I fall behind ♪

♪ And the second hand unwinds

♪ If you're lost, you can look and you will find me ♪

♪ Time after time

♪ If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting ♪

♪ Time after time

♪ If you're lost, you can look and you will find me ♪

♪ Time after time

♪ If you fall, I will catch you, I will be waiting ♪

♪ Time after time

♪ Oh, time after time

♪ Time after time

♪ Time after time

♪ Got this suitcase of memories I almost left behind ♪


♪ Time after time

♪ Time after

-John Legend here. When I think about

all the times that I've stood on that Grammy stage,

I think of someone who has played an extraordinary

and career-changing part of my Grammy experience --

Ken Ehrlich.

Year after year, decade after decade,

Ken has been a force of nature, working tirelessly

to make music's biggest night what it's become.

From my first Grammy performance until my most recent,

Ken has been just offstage urging on

me and countless other members of our music community.

As the longtime executive producer

of the Grammy broadcast,

Ken has always had the courage of his convictions.

Let me give you just one example.

It's very close to my heart.

♪ All of me loves all of you

In 2014, Ken invited me to perform a new song of mine

he loved called "All of Me."

At that point, the song was not a big hit,

not even close, really.

But Ken believed in me and in that song,

and that belief led to one of those Grammy moments

Ken clearly lives for.

And because Ken believed,

millions of other music lovers soon did, too.

The song shot up the iTunes chart that night

and eventually became my first and only #1 on the Hot 100.

That's how the Grammy performance of "All of Me"

became the smash

that Ken Ehrlich somehow knew it could be.

Thank you, Ken, for believing in me

and in so many other artists over the years

and bringing your artistry and your love for music

to every show you produce.

And so is my honor on behalf of the Recording Academy

to present this Trustees Award

to a man I've trusted many times.

This is your Grammy moment. Ken Ehrlich.

-Thank you, John, I hope you don't mind

if I use you as the perfect example

of what's made my job

of mounting over 600 performances

on the Grammy Awards over the past 40 years

such a pleasurable experience.

And similarly, I'd like to thank Walter Miller and Lou Horvitz,

the only two directors I ever worked with on the Grammys,

to represent the amazing technical, lighting,

scenic, and production people in the business, the best.

And special thanks to this kind of magical,

"doesn't work on paper,"

but remarkable relationship that's existed for 40 years

between the Recording Academy, CBS, and my company.

Finally, to my family, my wife, Harriet,

my children and grandchildren,

and my parents, my gratitude and thanks

for unceasingly providing the inspiration and love

that made me want to strive for excellence

and to make them proud of their husband,

their father, their grandfather, and their son.

Anyone who knows me knows the love I have for music

and the incredible good fortune I've had

to exercise that love and admiration

in support of the creativity and artistry

of many of the most amazing musical figures of our age.

I really don't knowwhat I did to deserve this life,

but now that I've been doing it for over 50 years,

I'm too old to start over or give a damn.

I sincerely but notaltogether humbly thank you all.

-And now our final award of the night.

This award honors a lifetime of achievement

by an artistwe so tragically lost this year.

His extraordinary songs will live on forever.

John Prine.

-Only thing I've learned after 35 years of songwriting

is to just be patient.

If you want a good song, you got to be patient.

You can't hurry it.

♪ If you like your apples sweet ♪

♪ And your streets are not concrete ♪

♪ You'll be in your bed by nine every night ♪

-Before he became one of the most respected

singer-songwriters in the world,

John Prine was already delivering messages,

working as a mailman in the Chicago area.

-♪ And here's what you -Born in Maywood, Illinois,

Prine learned guitar at age 14 and later took classes

at Chicago's famed Old Town School of Folk Music

before serving in the United States Army in Germany

during the Vietnam War.

-♪ So if you're walking down the street sometime ♪


♪ And spot some hollow ancient eye ♪

-A rave review of a John Prine club appearance by Roger Ebert

in the Chicago Sun-Times helped spread the good word

about Prine's extraordinary talent and charm onstage.

Eventually, with a little help from Kris Kristofferson

and Prine's good friend Steve Goodman,

he got his first big break signing to Atlantic Records.

In 1971, the label released Prine's classic debut,

simply called "John Prine,"

to considerable praise and comparisons to Bob Dylan.

Nearly half a century later,

Rolling Stone named the "John Prine" album,

featuring standards like "Hello in There,"

"Sam Stone," and "Angel from Montgomery,"

one of the greatest 500 albums of all time.

-♪ A young man from a small town ♪

♪ With a very large imagination ♪

♪ Lay alone in his room with his radio on ♪

♪ Looking for another station

-He would go on to record three more albums for Atlantic,

three for Asylum, and then in 1984,

Prine broke ground by co-founding Oh Boy Records,

where he has continued to share his own brilliant

and independent voice ever since,

including 1991's Grammy-winning "The Missing Years,"

produced by the Heartbreakers' Howie Epstein

and featuring appearances by famous Prine fans,

including Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt,

and Bruce Springsteen,

to 2018's acclaimed and vital "The Tree of Forgiveness."

-♪ When I was a child

-John Prine was looking forward to accepting this honor

from the Recording Academy

and performing at this year's event.

Tragically, on April 7, 2020,

John Prine died at age 73 in Nashville, Tennessee,

from complications caused by COVID-19.

In the midst of a global pandemic,

John's passing was mourned by generations of music lovers

all around the world whose lives he touched

with his extraordinary, brave,

and beautiful life of achievement.

-♪ I'm knockin' on your screen door in the summertime ♪


-Hi, guys. Thanks so much for tuning in.

I'm Jason Isbell. This is Amanda Shires.

We're here to talk a little bit about a friend and a hero,

mentor, John Prine, who we loved a great deal.

I grew up listening to John's music

from the time I was a toddler.

My mom would play me John's songs

when I was a little kid to try to calm me down,

and it worked, and it still works.

Amanda did a bunch of shows with John.

She went out, opened a whole bunch of tours for him.

-I guess I got the courage one day,

I said, during the song,when we playing it live, I said,

"What is a big brassy monkey?"

And he said, "I don't know,

something my grandmother sang to me."

So I decided that I'd take it further.

And the next day, I got a tattoo.

It says, "Don't go down the rabbit hole, Easter Bunny."

And when it got to "In Spite of Ourselves,"

when he said, "She gets it on like the Easter Bunny,"

and he laughed and forgot all the words.

-We both consider ourselves very lucky and honored

that we knew John Prine and got to hear his music.

And we're going to play one of his songs for you now.

This song I've been playing since I was a teenager

in coffee shops in Alabama before I knew John.

But I believe this one was recorded

originally in Muscle Shoals,

where I grew up.



-♪ I can hear the wheelsof the automobiles so far away ♪

♪ Just moving along through the drifting snow ♪

♪ It's times like these when the temperatures freeze ♪

♪ I sit alone just looking at the world ♪

♪ Through a storm window

♪ Down on the beach, the sandman sleeps ♪

♪ Time don't fly, it bounds and leaps ♪

♪ And a country band that plays for keeps ♪

-♪ They play it so slow

♪ Don't let your baby down

♪ Don't let your baby down

♪ Don't let your baby down


♪ Storm windows

-♪ Gee, but I'm getting old

-♪ Storm windows

-♪ They keep away the cold






-♪ Don't let your baby down

♪ Don't let your baby down

♪ Don't let your baby down

-♪ Oh, no



Thank you. Thank you to John Prine.

And here's the man himself, John Prine,

singing a song called "Hello in There,"

a timeless ode to growing older

and to reaching out and connecting with people around

that John somehow miraculously wrote

when he was in his early 20s.

-♪ Me and Loretta, we don't talk much more ♪

♪ She sits and stares through the backdoor screen ♪


♪ And all the news just repeats itself ♪

♪ Like some forgotten dream that we've both seen ♪

♪ Someday I'll go and call up Rudy ♪


♪ We worked together at the factory ♪


♪ But what could I say if he asks "What's new?" ♪

♪ "Nothing, what's with you?

♪ Nothing much to do"

♪ You know that old trees just grow stronger ♪

♪ And old rivers grow wilder every day ♪

♪ Old people just grow lonesome ♪

♪ Waiting for someone to say, "Hello in there, hello" ♪




♪ So if you're walking down the street sometime ♪

♪ And spot some hollow, ancient eye ♪


♪ Please don't just pass 'em by and stare ♪

♪ As if you didn't care, say, "Hello in there, hello" ♪

Thank you.

[ Cheers and applause ]

-Hey, my name is Brandi Carlile.

Nobody sang John Prine like John Prine,

but his songs will outlive us all.

I'll never forget the first time I met and sang with John Prine.

I was going to get to sing "Angel"

and "In Spite of Ourselves,"

and I had my first, brand-new baby daughter with me.

And as I was getting ready in mynervousness and curling my hair,

I turned away from her for one second, one,

and she fell off the bed.

It looked a whole lot worse than it was,

'cause her pacifier cut her lip, and it was bleeding.

And I was shocked and devastated.

And I ran out the door, and I got to the stage

with only a few moments left to spare.

And I found myself standing next to the great John Prine.

He looked at me with his dad instincts naturally kicking in

and immediately knew that something wasn't right.

And he asked me what was wrong.

And fighting back tears, I told him I dropped my baby.

[ Laughs ]

And he just smiled and said, "Kiddo, take it from me.

Just like the songs were about to sing,

it might be the first, but it won't be the last time.

Everything's going to be okay."

I believed him then, and he was right.

You can always trust John Prine.

He told us the truth with his whole life,

and he tells us the truth even today.

I chose to sing "I Remember Everything,"

which is the last song that John wrote,

but it won't be the last song to come from John Prine,

because he lives in all of us.

-♪ Mm



♪ I've been down this road before, I remember every tree ♪

♪ Every single blade of grass holds a special place for me ♪

♪ And I remember every town and every hotel room ♪

♪ And every song I ever sang on a guitar out of tune ♪

♪ I remember everything, things I can't forget ♪

♪ The way you turned and smiled on me ♪

♪ On the night that we first met ♪

♪ I remember every night and your ocean eyes of blue ♪

♪ How I miss you in the morning light ♪

♪ Like the roses miss the dew

♪ I've been down this road before, alone as I can be ♪

♪ Careful not to let my past go sneakin' up on me ♪

♪ I got no future in my happiness ♪

♪ My regrets are very few

♪ Sometimes a little tenderness was the best that I could do ♪

♪ But I remember everything, things I can't forget ♪

♪ Swimmin' pools of butterflies ♪

♪ That slipped right through the net ♪

♪ And I remember every night and your ocean eyes of blue ♪

♪ How I miss you in the morning light ♪

♪ Like the roses miss the dew

♪ How I miss you in the morning light ♪

♪ Like the roses miss the dew


And now on behalf of the Recording Academy,

it's my great honor to present

the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to John Prine.

To accept on John's behalf, John's wife

and my dear friend, Fiona Prine.

-Thank you, Brandi.

That song means a lot to me and to our family.

You did a beautiful job.

And thank you, Jason and Amanda, for "Storm Windows."

You know John loved to sing that with you guys.

We are so thrilled to have this Grammy

recognizing John's lifetime of achievement --

the idea that his body of work

would be recognized by the Academy at this time,

especially after the wonderful couple of years

that he had with his last record,

"The Tree of Forgiveness."

-This kind of award was right up John's alley --

No competition, just a big party that he got to celebrate

with a lot of artists that he admired.

He had such a fun time at the Grammys earlier this year,

because he wasn't up for any award.

He just got to see all the music and be there with everyone.

So I know this meant a lot to him.

-I know my father was veryappreciative of receiving praise

from all of the artists and his peers that he so admired.

-So we'd like to thank the Academy and all of his fans

for all their devoted support over the years.

-Thank you to the Academy.

We'll take really good care of this.

[ Applause ]

-Here's a performance from 2019

of John singing one of his most powerful songs ever,

"Angel from Montgomery," with his great friend

and fellow truth-teller Bonnie Raitt,

for what would be their last time together.

-♪ I am an old woman named after my mother ♪

♪ My old man is another child that's grown old ♪

♪ If dreams were thunder and lightning was desire ♪

♪ This old house would have burnt down a long time ago ♪

-♪ Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery ♪

♪ Make me a poster of an old rodeo ♪

♪ Just give me one thing I can hold on to ♪

♪ To believe in this living is just a ♪

-♪ Hard way to go

[ Cheers and applause ]


-♪ When I was a young girl, I had me a cowboy ♪

♪ He weren't much to look at, just a free rambling man ♪

♪ But that was a long time, and no matter how I try ♪

♪ The years just flow by like a broken-down dam ♪

-♪ Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery ♪

♪ Make me a poster of an old rodeo ♪

♪ Just give me one thing I can hold on to ♪

♪ To believe in this living is just a hard way to go ♪

-♪ To believe in this living

-♪ Is just a

♪ Hard way

♪ To go

[ Cheers and applause ]

-I love you, Bonnie.

-I love you, John.

-Thank you.

[ Cheers and applause ]

-Thank you all for being a part

of the "Grammy Salute to Music Legends" 2020.

Together, we canand must keep the music playing.

Good night.

-♪ John and Linda live in Omaha ♪


♪ And Joe is somewhere on the road ♪


♪ We lost Davy in the Korean War ♪

-To find out more about this

and other "Great Performances" programs,


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-♪ You know that old trees just grow stronger ♪

♪ And old rivers grow wilder every day ♪

♪ Old people just grow lonesome ♪

♪ Waiting for someone to say, "Hello in there, hello" ♪



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