NEW YORK Elton John and Mumford & Sons will hit the Grammys stage to pay tribute to Levon Helm.
The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that T Bone Burnett, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes will also perform The Weight at Sundays awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Can you think of a song that fits (more)? said Ken Ehrlich, producer of the Grammy Awards. Philosophically, it fits the moment.
Helm was the drummer and singer for The Band. He died of complications from cancer last year at age 71.
The Bands 1968 debut, Music From Big Pink, and its follow-up, The Band, remain landmark albums of the era, and songs such as The Weight and Cripple Creek have become rock standards. Early on, The Band backed Bob Dylan on his sensational and controversial electric tours of 1965-66 and collaborated with him on the legendary The Basement Tapes.
Ehrlich said the lineup of performers is a representation of Helms diverse sound. Theyll sing The Weight when the show has its in memoriam tribute, which honors musicians who died last year.
Generationally, its very mixed, and genre-wise, its certainly mixed and ... thats what (Helm) was all about, Ehrlich said. He was about old and young, country and pop. He was this incredibly eclectic artist.
The Grammy Awards will air live from Los Angeles on CBS.