Eagles members will pay tribute to Glenn Frey with Jackson Browne at the Grammys
Eagles members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit will reunite with co-founder Bernie Leadon and singer-songwriter Jackson Browne for a Grammys tribute honoring Glenn Frey, who died on Jan. 18 at age 67.
Frey, one of the founding members of the Eagles, won six Grammys over his decades-long career. In a statement on Wednesday, the Recording Academy announced that the group will perform a “classic hit” from the Eagles’ repertoire, which we can guess is “Take It Easy,” which Glenn and Browne co-wrote.
“Glenn Frey’s untimely passing was a huge loss for the entire creative community,” Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said in a statement. “For more than 45 years, the Eagles have played a significant role in shaping our musical landscape. We are honored to welcome the band, along with Jackson Browne, to the Grammy stage in tribute to Glenn’s tremendous legacy.”
Frey’s Grammys wins include Record Of The Year for “Hotel California” in 1978 and Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “I Dreamed There Was No War” in 2009.
“Given the impact that the Eagles have had on music, it was only right that we have a moment for Glenn, the band’s co-founder,” said Ken Ehrlich, Grammys executive producer. “We couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to honor him than by bringing together his bandmates and long-time friend and collaborator, Jackson Browne, to play an Eagles classic that forever changed popular music. It’ll be an emotional moment for many of us — one of reflection, respect, and celebration.”
The 2016 Grammys — which take place on Feb. 15 in Los Angeles —- will also honor the late David Bowie with a tribute from Lady Gaga. Confirmed performers at the show include Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, the Weeknd, Adele, Rihanna, Tori Kelly, and more.