Chris Stapleton has already had a wildly successful night at the Grammys, picking up trophies for both Best Country Song (“Broken Halos”) and Best Country Solo Performance (“Either Way”), and he also got the chance to grace the legendary stage with a performance. Tonight, though, he put his gravely baritone to use performing someone else’s song — “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty. After a tumultuous day late last year when his death was wrongfully called, and then later, finally confirmed, the industry has been mourning another fallen icon.
Joining Stapleton for the homage is another living legend, Emmylou Harris, who is pretty much the perfect duet partner for anyone on earth, but feels particularly suited to the track, which has a country feel to it. According to rumors, the Grammys offered Lorde the chance to perform alongside Stapleton, but as the only Album Of The Year nominee not offered a slot to perform one of her own songs, she declined. Given their extremely sexist history, the slight of Lorde felt like a loaded one, but either way the remembrance of Petty was still an event of significance.
Watch that performance above and check out the full list of winners continually updating throughout the night here.