Loretta Lynn, Takeoff and Christine McVie Receive Musical Tributes

Singing “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Kacey Musgraves honored the country music star Loretta Lynn, who wrote the song as the story of her hardscrabble upbringing in Kentucky coal country. Lynn was among the notable musicians and industry fixtures who died over the past year and were celebrated on Sunday at the Grammys.

Takeoff, the 28-year-old rapper who was fatally shot at a Houston bowling alley last year, was memorialized with “Without You,” a song that Quavo, his uncle and a member of their rap trio, Migos, released earlier this year to mourn his nephew. Quavo was joined by Maverick City Music, a worship group that originated in Atlanta, where Migos helped define the most recent incarnation of the city’s influential rap sound.

Christine McVie, the Fleetwood Mac hitmaker, was honored by a musical power trio: Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and Mick Fleetwood, who performed “Songbird,” a McVie composition and one of the band’s most beloved songs. McVie, who made a name for herself as a singer, songwriter and keyboardist, died last year at 79.

With those songs as a backdrop, Jeff Beck and David Crosby, two musical luminaries who died earlier this year, received video tributes. Beck, one of the most influential guitarists in rock history, died at 78. Crosby, who helped create two of the most influential and beloved American bands of the classic-rock era — the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — died at 81.

The awards show acknowledged a long list of industry veterans lost in the past year, including Naomi Judd, the chart-topping country music star; Jerry Lee Lewis, the rockabilly artist who helped define the sound of rock ’n’ roll; Anita Pointer, the lead vocalist of the family bad the Pointer Sisters; Pharoah Sanders, the prolific saxophonist and composer; Lisa Marie Presley, the singer-songwriter and only child of Elvis Presley; Olivia Newton-John, the pop singer and star of “Grease”; Coolio, the 1990s hip-hop star behind “Gangsta’s Paradise”; and Pablo Milanés, a socially and politically conscious Cuban musician.

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