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Bonnie Raitt Pays Tribute to John Prine With Soulful 'Angel From Montgomery' at 2020 Grammys

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Bonnie Raitt performs onstage during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2020 in Los Angeles. 

Legendary singer-songwriter John Prine was recognized with one of the Grammys' Lifetime Achievement awards this year. At the awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26) he was paid tribute by the great Bonnie Raitt, who performed an acoustic version of Prine's classic "Angel From Montgomery" in homage. 

"My friend John Prine, who is sitting right over there, wrote 'Angel From Montgomery' and so many other songs that changed my life," Raitt rhapsodized following the short but resonant performance, while Prine was applauded in the audience. "I love you, John." 

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Prine, who has been in the music business since the early '70s, released his highest-charting set on the Billboard 200 just two years ago, with 2018's No. 5-peaking The Tree of Forgiveness. Meanwhile, Raitt celebrates the 30th anniversary of her own biggest Grammy moment this year, when her 1989 set Nick of Time took home album of the year at the 1990 ceremonies. 

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