Grammys 2016: Glenn Frey Tribute
Glenn Frey, the Eagles co-founder who died Jan. 18, will be honored at the 2016 Grammys on Monday, the Recording Academy announced. Eagles members Don Henley and Bernie Leadon, and guitarist Joe Walsh, bassist Tim Schmidt, and Jackson Browne will perform a tribute to the late guitarist.
It’s fitting for Browne to take part in the performance; he co-wrote one of the Eagles’ most famous songs, “Take It Easy,” which, according to The L.A. Times, they will perform during the ceremony.
“We wanted something simple and elegant, and in discussing it with the family, we wanted an uptempo moment,” Eagles famed manager Irving Azoff, told The Times.
Frey died at 67 of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. His band made the first public statement about the news and said at the time, “Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.”
After his death, dozens of artists and musicians honored him with messages and tributes. Browne even performed “Take It Easy” at a Jan. 19 concert in Clearwater, Florida. “I wrote this song with Glenn Frey,” he told the crowd, “It was a song that I started and didn’t know how to finish. I do know that if I had finished it by myself, it wouldn’t be the song that it is and it wouldn’t be the song that we all love.”