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15 Great Grammy Tribute Performances

From Springsteen singing Strummer to Bruno Mars honoring Bob Marley, revisit classic performances from past ceremonies

Best Grammy Tributes; Springsteen; Costello

Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello perform "London Calling" in tribute to the late Joe Strummer.

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While celebrating current pop achievements is a huge part of the Grammy mission, the ceremonies themselves always devote plenty of time to honoring past glories. Even by Grammys standards, the 2016 show will be unusually tribute-heavy, with various artists memorializing the many icons we’ve lost during the past year. Lady Gaga will pay tribute to David Bowie with a medley of the Starman’s songs in a segment directed by Nile Rodgers; late Motörhead leader Lemmy Kilmister will get a suitably loud sendoff from the Hollywood Vampires; Gary Clark Jr. will lead a bluesy farewell to B.B. King; and the surviving Eagles will team with Jackson Browne for what’s sure to be a stirring Glenn Frey homage. 

In anticipation of these performances, we look back at some of the most memorable Grammy tributes from years past.

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