By Shannon Frost Greenstein
It may have been three months ago, but much of the country community is still reeling from the mass shooting which occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. 59 people were killed, and countless others injured, during a headlining set by Jason Aldean.
However, in the midst of the confusion, grief, and mourning after the event comes a ray of light.
We’ve learned the 2018 GRAMMYs, which will take place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28 and airs at 7:30 p.m. on CBS, will feature a memorial performance as a tribute to the victims.
Eric Church, Maren Morris, and Brothers Osborne will take the stage to play a yet-to-be-revealed GRAMMY-winning song. According to Grammy Awards Executive producer Ken Ehrlich, “…We wanted something that is universal. We wanted something that spoke to the subject, which certainly this song does.”
All three artists had performed at the Harvest 91 Festival prior to the shooting, so this tribute has added meaning for both the musicians and the audience. Maren Morris stated that it’s only appropriate that artists who were at the festival be the ones to participate in the memorial. She says, “It reinforces even more the strength of music and the community that we all share together, artists and fans alike.”
The response by the country community to the tragedy was overwhelming, with huge names offering support, making donations, and reaching out to artists and attendees. This tribute is just another example of the unity between all performers in the country genre, and the solidarity they feel.
No word yet on what they will be singing, but you can bet this tribute song is going to be meaningful, touching, and heartbreaking.
Donations are still being accepted for the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.