Jackson Browne, Eagles Members Pay Tribute to Glenn Frey With 'Take It Easy' at the 2016 Grammys
Glenn Frey, a founding member of the Eagles, died on Jan. 18 at the age of 67, and at tonight's Grammy Awards former band members Don Henley and Joe Walsh performed Frey's iconic "Take It Easy" alongside Jackson Browne.
Browne, standing front and center with his Gibson acoustic guitar, took lead vocals on the travelers' tale as the rest of the group added backing vocals and harmonies, bowing to a standing ovation at the song's conclusion in front of a giant photo of Frey. As the television broadcast cut to commercial, the surviving members of the Eagles -- Henley, Walsh, Timothy Schmit and Bernie Leadon, who also performed with Browne -- accepted their award for 1978's Record of the Year for "Hotel California," which they never accepted at the time by skipping the show.
The performance was the second of several tributes for fallen music icons at this year's awards; later in the broadcast, David Bowie, B.B. King, Lemmy from Motorhead and Natalie Cole are all expected to receive musical memorials, while earlier Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire fame -- who died Feb. 4 -- was remembered in an a capella performance by Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix of EWF's "That's The Way Of The World."
The Eagles won six Grammy Awards in the band's decades-long career, with the latest coming in 2009.