Tribute to Sly Stone (2006)
With Joss Stone, Van Hunt, John Legend, Fantasia, Devin Lima, Maroon 5, Ciara, Will.i.am, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Robert Randolph and Sly Stone
Much like the Family Stone band, the tribute to Sly at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards was a multicultural affair, with an array of artists pairing up to pay respect to the legendary funk soul brother. There was Joss Stone, John Legend and Van Hunt doing the smooth jam "Family Affair," Maroon 5 and Ciara grooving to "Everyday People," and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry rocking out on "I Want to Take You Higher." But the real treat was when Tyler, arm resting on Perry's shoulder, yelled, "Hey Sly, let's do it like we used to do it!" At which point the long reclusive Stone (who had earlier sent Grammy producers into a panic after missing a few rehearsals) ambled onstage in a silver lamé jacket, Dior shades and a truly wicked white Mohawk to join the ensemble, which included members of the Family Stone, for "Dance to the Music." The appearance marked Sly's first live performance in almost two decades. But after just two minutes of contributing some keyboard and vocals, he gave a small wave and walked off, as the band played on.