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.