Artists got here collectively for a particular one-night celebration on Wednesday. Common hosted A GRAMMY Salute to the Sounds of Change, which put a highlight on unforgettable songs that catalyzed social change, each reflecting and shaping their occasions. During the telecast, Billy Porter sat down with Gayle King to speak in regards to the obstacles he is overcome to search out his truest voice. 

But first, Cynthia Erivo kicked off the celebration by singing John Lennon’s basic “Imagine.” Dressed in a head-to-toe pearl netted costume with a head wrap, she elegantly belted the tune as pictures of Black Lives Matter demonstrations and protesters within the wake of George Floyd’s dying had been proven on the display behind her. Erivo was solely accompanied by a pianist throughout her efficiency.

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Chris Stapleton then took the stage to carry out Louis Armstrong’s beloved 1967 recording of “What a Wonderful World.” The monitor was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 1999. Stapleton, a five-time GRAMMY winner, sang the tune as he performed the electrical guitar.

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Loretta Lynn was honored in the course of the telecast by LeAnn Rimes, who sang the icon’s basic “The Pill.” The single was in regards to the then-risqué topic of contraception and have become a success regardless of being banned on many radio stations. Rimes, rocking a glowing pink robe with matching gloves, had a full band behind her as she sang the catchy tune.

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Patti LaBelle, identified for her personal energy ballads, sang an early feminist anthem, Leslie Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me.” LaBelle was accompanied by three backup singers as she delivered the impactful tune.

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Andra Day as soon as once more proved she’s a drive to be reckoned with as she continued to honor Billie Holiday with a fascinating efficiency of “Strange Fruit.” The singer-turned-actress has already gained a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the long-lasting songstress in The United States Vs. Billie Holiday. She additionally obtained an Oscar nomination for Best Actress this week.

.@AndraDayMusic has already gained a Golden Globe award for her portrayal of Billie Holiday however tonight she continues to honor her with a #SoundsOfChange efficiency of “Strange Fruit.”

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Joined by Terrace Martin on sax, GRAMMY-winning artist Leon Bridges gave a mesmerizing efficiency of “Sweeter,” a tune of change impressed by the Black Lives Matter motion. The tune was written after Floyd was killed final summer season by police in Minneapolis, sparking protests nationwide and shifting many to motion.

Gladys Knight paid tribute to Marvin Gaye in the course of the particular by performing his mega hit, “What’s Going On.” The singer was joined by Sheila E. on percussion, Israel Houghton on guitar, D Smoke on keyboards and Adam Blackstone on bass.

John Fogerty then handled audiences to 2 highly effective performances. The singer sang his impactful songs “Weeping in the Promised Land” and “Fortunate Son” with a full band behind him.

.@John_Fogerty takes the #SoundsOfChange stage to sing not one, however TWO highly effective songs, “Weeping in the Promised Land” and “Fortunate Son.”

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After an insightful dialog with Gayle King, Porter took the stage to sing “You Are My Friend” by LaBelle. “For me, it’s been my friendships, my chosen family, who have sustained me for the entirety of my life,” he expressed, including that one can’t select their household “but you can choose your friends. And that’s why I chose this song.”

Gloria and Emilio Estefan took a second to the touch on how their highly effective Latinx tradition knowledgeable their collective musical expertise. They then launched their daughter, Emily, whose activism led her to put in writing the compelling tune for Justice Sonia Sotomayor, “This Is What (for Justice Sonia Sotomayor).”

Following in her impactful dad and mom’ (@GloriaEstefan and @EmilioEstefanJr) footsteps, @Emily_Estefan shares her tune of activism, “This Is What (for Justice Sonia Sotomayor).”

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Brad Paisley carried out his 2009 single “Welcome to the Future” in the course of the telecast. The single was impressed by his expertise standing in Times Square as a crowd cheered on the historic information that America had elected its first Black president. He later sang the tune stay for the primary time ever on the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

After a robust speech about combating for equality, Yolanda Adams closed the present by singing “We Shall Overcome.” The gospel tune grew to become a protest tune and a key anthem of the American civil rights motion. Adams was joined by a incredible gospel choir wearing vibrant yellow robes.

Who else is dancing together with @YolandaAdams as she shares her model of the tune, “We Shall Overcome”?

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The 2021 GRAMMY Awards came about on Sunday, March 14. See highlights from the awards ceremony within the video beneath.