John Prine, the late American folk hero who was one of the most popular songwriters of his generation, received two posthumous Grammys on Sunday after dying of coronavirus complications. John Prine-who died at the age of 73 last April when the first wave of Covid-19 was sweeping a lot of the United States-won his final tune, I Remember Everything, Best Roots Performance, and Best Roots Song. Last year, the artist named “Mark Twain of American Songwriting” won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy.
As his family accepted the awards via video chat, one of his sons said, “We love and miss you, Dad.” Chick Corea, an American jazz composer whose innovative fusion work pushed the limits of musical genres, was also honored with two Grammys posthumously.
Chick Corea won for Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album. He died in February of a rare form of cancer. Gayle Corea, the pianist’s wife, who accepted the awards on his behalf, said, “He always said, ‘Go for it.'”
When asked about Chick Corea’s legacy in the virtual press room, she said, “Never say you can’t do it.” “He’s with me right now, on my back. In spirit, he is with us.”
Rappers Pop Smoke and Nipsey Hussle, as well as folk icon Leonard Cohen, received posthumous nominations.