2018 “Grammy Salute” special, featuring Queen tribute, airing in October

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Sammy Hagar and fellow Van Halen alum Michael Anthony will appear on a new episode of the PBS series Great Performances focusing on the latest Grammy Salute to Music Legends event that will premiere on October 5 at 9 p.m.; check local listings for air times in your area. Hagar and Anthony were on hand to pay tribute to two of the evening’s honorees, Queen and late concert promoter Bill Graham.

Grammy Salute to Music Legends, which celebrates the Recording Academy’s 2018 Special Merit Awards winners, took place July 14 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The annual gala features performances and tributes to this year’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Award honorees.

As previously reported, the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees included Queen, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, country-folk great Emmylou Harris, New Orleans funk group The Meters, renowned studio drummer Hal Blaine and pioneering swing-era bandleader Louis Jordan; while this year’s Trustees Award recipients were Graham, Sire Records founder Seymour Stein and acclaimed film composer and conductor John Williams.

The special features Hagar and Anthony performing the Van Halen hit “Right Now” and the Queen classic “We Will Rock You,” as well as performances by Diamond, The MonkeesMicky Dolenz, Herb Alpert, Harris, The Meters, country singer Trisha Yearwood and others. In addition, veteran punk rocker Henry Rollins appears as a presenter.

Here are the honorees featured on the Grammy Salute to Music Legends special, followed by the performers saluting them:

Neil Diamond
“Holly Holy” — Yolanda Adams
“I’m a Believer” — Micky Dolenz and Neil Diamond
“Sweet Caroline” — Neil Diamond

Emmylou Harris
“Boulder to Birmingham” — Emmylou Harris
“Love and Happiness” — Emmylou Harris and Trisha Yearwood

Hal Blaine
“A Taste of Honey” — Herb Alpert

Louis Jordan
“Choo Choo Ch’Boogie”/”Let the Good Times Roll” — Ledisi

Tina Turner
“What’s Love Got to Do with It”/”Proud Mary”/”The Best” — Sheléa

John Williams
“Theme from Schindler’s List” — Anne Akiko Meyers, David Newman and the American Youth Symphony
“Air and Simple Gifts” — Los Angeles Philharmonic Quartet

The Meters
“Cissy Strut”/”Fire on the Bayou” — The Meters

Bill Graham and Queen
“Right Now” — Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony
“We Will Rock You” — Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony

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