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Grammys 2021 'In Memoriam' Performance Featured So Many Stars Honoring the Ones We Lost This Year

Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak, Lionel Richie, Brandi Carlile, Chris Martin and Brittany Howard are honoring musicians who passed away this year at the 2021 Grammys.

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, who performed earlier in the night as the duo Silk Sonic, honored Little Richard who died last May at age 87. The pair covered his hits “Long Tall Sally” and “Good Golly Miss Molly”.

Lionel Richie then gave a somber performance of his close friend Kenny Rogers‘ song “Lady”, which Lionel wrote, and “The Gambler”. The country music legend passed away in March at the age of 81.

Brandi Carlile followed with a rendition of John Prine‘s “I Remember Everything.” John died from complications related to COVID-19 in April at the age of 73. She ended her performance with, “We all thank you, John. For everything.”

Brittany Howard and Chris Martin finished the segment with a cover of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” as pictures of Bunny Wailer, Hal Willner, and Jerry Jeff Walker played behind them.

The montage also included Eddie Van Halen, Pop Smoke, Sophie, Charley Pride, Ennio Morricone, among many others.

Here are all the winners from the 2021 Grammys.

Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak Perform for First Time as Silk Sonic at Grammys 2021!

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak are taking over the Grammys stage!

The guys took to the stage as their new band Silk Sonic during the awards show held on Sunday (March 14) from the Los Angeles Convention Center.

During their performance, the two performed their brand new single “Leave the Door Open,” which they just released as Silk Sonic a few weeks ago.

Bruno and Anderson recently announced that they had teamed up as Silk Sonic and that they will be releasing their first album very soon!

Earlier in the night, the guys looked super suave in suits as they walked the red carpet while arriving at the show.

Ahead of the awards show, it was announced Anderson won the award for Best Melodic Rap Performance for his song “Lockdown.”

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Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak Beg Recording Academy to Let Them Perform at Grammys 2021

Bruno Mars really, really wants to return to the Grammys stage.

On Sunday (March 7) morning, The Recording Academy announced the list of musicians that will be performing at the upcoming awards show next weekend.

Now, Bruno and Anderson .Paak have started a campaign to get their new band Silk Sonic to perform at the show.

“Dear Grammys, If you can see it in your hearts to allow two out of work musicians to perform at your show, we would really appreciate it,” Bruno started his message on Twitter. “We just released a song and could really use the promotion right now. We have a lot riding on this record (and the Pelicans game next week, but that’s another story).”

“We haven’t been able to perform for a while and we just want to sing,” Bruno added. “We’ll send in an audition tape and take as many covid tests as we need to. I promise we won’t be extra. We just really want a gig again. I hope you’ll consider this request and give us the opportunity to shine. Love, Silk Sonic.”

Bruno‘s plea to the Grammys came after Anderson had started sending countless tweets to Bruno about Silk Sonic not being listed as a performer at the Grammys.

“YO @BrunoMars WHAT THE F–K?!? Did you see this?!?! Call me back!!” Anderson first tweeted along with the list of Grammys performers.

“Nah f–k that! I haven’t seen my family in months!!” Anderson followed up. “I need this to work, You promised me!! Everybody join in!!! I need all of Twitter to help make this trend!! Come on @RecordingAcad #LetSilkSonicThrive”

As of right now, The Recording Academy has not yet publicly addressed whether or not they will be adding Silk Sonic to the Grammys lineup.

In the meantime, you can listen to their new song “Leave the Door Open” here.

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live on CBS and Paramount+ from 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday (March 14).

Bruno Mars Addresses Cultural Appropriation Claims

Bruno Mars is speaking out about accusations of cultural appropriation.

The Grammy-winning artist responded to those who have claimed he profits off of black culture in a new Breakfast Club interview alongside “Leave the Door Open” collaborator Anderson .Paak.

Host Charlamagne the God told Bruno, “People love to accuse you of being a cultural thief, which I find interesting because you are a person of color. What would you say to those people?”

“I would say: You can’t look at an interview, you can’t find an interview where I’m not talking about the entertainers that’ve come before me,” Bruno responded. “And the only reason why I’m here is because of James Brown, is because of Prince, Michael [Jackson]—that’s the only reason why I’m here,” Bruno said.

“I’m growing up as a kid, watching Bobby Brown [and] saying, ‘OK, if that’s what it takes to make it, then I’ve got to learn how to do the running man, I’ve got to learn how to do the moon walk.’ That’s it. And this music comes from love, and if you can’t hear that, then I don’t know what to tell you.”

When asked if he’s ever frustrated by the criticism, Bruno replied, “What is the point if us, as musicians, can’t learn from the guys that’ve come before us? What did they do?”

“It comes with the gig,” he continued. “And there’s real merit to what people are saying about Black entertainers not getting their flowers, and I’m championing with that, I’m with that … I understand, but it’s just Twitter.”

Last year it was announced that Bruno is set to star in a new Disney movie featuring original music!

Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak Drop First Song as Silk Sonic - Watch the 'Leave The Door Open' Video Now!

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak‘s new band just dropped their first single!

The duo, called Silk Sonic, released their song “Leave The Door Open” and the music video to go along with it.

“I’ma leave the door open / (I’ma leave the door open) / I’ma leave the open girl / (I’ma leave the door open, hopin’)” Bruno sings. “That you feel the way I feel / And you want me like I want you tonight baby / Tell me that you’re coming through.”

Bruno and Anderson announced last week that they had teamed up for Silk Sonic and that they will soon be releasing an album.

Bruno and Anderson have been longtime friends and collaborators. Back in 2017, Anderson opened for the European leg of Bruno‘s last tour.

Last February, Bruno announced he was teaming up with Disney for a new project! Get the scoop here.

You can download Silk Sonic‘s new single off of iTunes here – watch the “Leave The Door Open” now!

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Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak Form New Band as Silk Sonic, Announce First Single!

Bruno Mars has exciting new music news!

The 35-year-old entertainer took to Twitter on Thursday (February 25) to announce that he and pal Anderson .Paak have teamed up for a new band called Silk Sonic.

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Along with the band announcement, Bruno also revealed that Silk Sonic will be releasing their first single off of their upcoming album next week on Friday, March 5.

“✨We locked in and made an album. The band’s called Silk Sonic. First song drops next Friday 3/5.✨” Bruno tweeted.

Bruno also revealed Bootsy Collins will be a “special guest host” on Silk Sonic‘s upcoming album.

Bruno and Anderson have been longtime friends and collaborators. Back in 2017, Anderson opened for the European leg of Bruno‘s last tour.

This will be the first album Bruno has released since his 2016 album 24K Magic, which won him the Grammy for Album of the Year. Anderson‘s last album Ventura was released in 2019.

Last February, Bruno announced he was teaming up with Disney for a new project! Get the scoop here.

Check back in with next week to listen to Silk Sonic‘s first single!

Brunos Mars Gives Rare Update on Music & Reaches Out To Rihanna For Modeling Gig

Bruno Mars has made a rare comment about his upcoming music on social media.

Taking to Twitter this afternoon (August 3), the 34-year-old Grammy winner revealed that he’s been a bit frustrated.

“Sometimes I get so frustrated writing music I look in the mirror and say to myself ‘I should’ve been a model’ 😔,” he wrote.

Bruno then reached out in another tweet directed towards Rihanna, who just launched her Fenty Skin Care line. Grab a few of the products here!

“Yo @rihanna I’d like to submit some of my headshots for your Fenty Skin Campaign,” Bruno posted. “I just took some new ones that I’m really proud of. 🤞”

Earlier this year, Bruno donated a million dollars for relief efforts of the coronavirus pandemic.

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