Tribute to Levon Helm (2013)
With Elton John, Zac Brown, Brittany Howard, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples and T Bone Burnett
The diverse clutch of artists that gathered onstage at the 55th awards show to pay tribute to late Band drummer and sometime singer Levon Helm — as well as other musicians that passed that year — was an apt reflection of the ridiculously broad stylistic reach and wide-ranging influence of the Canadian-American outfit. From a British singer-songwriter piano great (Elton John) to a group of young Brits who often sound like old-timey Americans (Mumford & Sons), a black American r&b and gospel legend (Mavis Staples) to a new-school country star (Zac Brown), the stage was packed with talent that spanned generations and genres. The whole thing was rounded out by producer and musician T Bone Burnett on acoustic guitar and Alabama Shakes vocalist Brittany Howard, the latter of whom stole the show with a powerhouse performance on the song's fourth verse.