Past and present members of the Eagles will pay tribute to group co-founder Glenn Frey at the 58th Grammy Awards Monday night at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
The musical tribute to the singer/songwriter, who died Jan. 18 at age 67, will feature Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh, who will be joined on stage by Jackson Browne.
“Glenn Frey’s untimely passing was a huge loss for the entire creative community,” said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy. “For more than 45 years, the Eagles have played a significant role in shaping our musical landscape. We are honored to welcome the band, along with Jackson Browne, to the Grammy stage in tribute to Glenn’s tremendous legacy.”
Frey received six Grammy Awards, including wins for record of the year for “Hotel California” in 1978 and, in 2009, best pop instrumental performance for “I Dreamed There Was No War.” Frey was also a successful solo artist with the hits “Party Town,” “The One You Love,” “Smuggler’s Blues” and “You Belong To The City.”
Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the Grammy Awards, commented: “Given the impact that the Eagles have had on music, it was only right that we have a moment for Glenn. We couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to honor him than by bringing together his bandmates and longtime friend and collaborator, Jackson Browne, to play an Eagles classic that forever changed popular music. It’ll be an emotional moment for many of us—one of reflection, respect and celebration.”
Frey was one of several pop music stars to die in recent months, including Natalie Cole, David Bowie, Lemmie Kilmeister (Motorhead) and Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire).