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Awesome Levon Helm Tribute at the Grammys


Awesome Levon Helm Tribute at the Grammys

Geoff Wood

 Levon Helm Tribute  via

Levon Helm Tribute via

I was pretty impressed to learn that the Grammy's planned to include a Levon Helm tribute on their shown tonight. Of course, Levon is a hero of mine, but I'd imagine much of the Taylor Swift/Katy Perry/Rihanna/young-blond-country-dude set that's the typically audience for this show has no idea who the man was.

The tribute didn't disappoint and featured the Zac Brown Band, Mumford & Sons, Elton John and the one and only Mavis Staples singing The Weight. Ms. Staples has been performing this song since at least 1976 when, as a member of The Staples Singers, she joined Levon and the rest of The Band for their final concert, The Last Waltz.

Here's that awesome performance:

Here's another version, Ms. Staples rehearsing The Weight backstage with Wilco in 2011:

Update: February 12 has the Grammy performance: here