Last October’s at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas left 59 people dead, marking it the deadliest mass shooting in modern history.
On Jan. 18, the Recording Academy announced that they will pay tribute to those killed at the festival in a unique way. During this year’s ceremony Jan. 28 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, three the performers from the October festival will play during the awards show. Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, and Eric Church will pay tribute victims gun violence with performances during the televised event.
Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow noted the uniting power music in the announcement.
“Live music events have always provided a safe space for fans to gather in a shared celebration music,” he says. “We believe it’s incredibly important to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in these senseless tragedies and to remind musicians and music lovers alike that live music will continue to be a powerful force that unites us all.”