Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper & More Belt Out 'I Sing the Body Electric' Tribute for Producer Ken Ehrlich

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

The 2020 Grammy Awards is a grand finale of sorts for one of its major players behind the scenes, as the show's longtime producer, Ken Ehrlich, will retire from the annual celebration after this year's broadcast, ending a four-decade run of crafting music's biggest night.

To send him off with a special dedication, a star-studded ensemble performed "I Sing the Body Electric," the energetic anthem off the soundtrack for the 1980 film Fame

"For 40 years, there has been one man who's been behind all these beautiful Grammy moments we've experienced," said John Legend by way of introduction. "You'd think after all that time he'd just phone it in ... but not Ken. I've never seen anyone get so excited or have so much love for music as Ken Ehrlich." 

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Ehrlich was visibly emotional when the camera cut to him in the control room before the song began.

Camila Cabello kicked off the show-stopping number: after striding out in a canary yellow gown, she belted out the first bars of the song as a massive orchestra swelled behind her. Cyndi Lauper soon joined her, as did Ben Platt, the War and Treaty, Common and a number of former Grammy award winners and Fame cast members, including Lee Curreri.

Gary Clark Jr., who performed his own song, "This Land," earlier in the ceremony, contributed scorching guitar solos to the ensemble effort as Misty Copeland and a whole company of dancers provided an additional dimension to the performance.

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