Legendary rocker Elton John and Mumford & Sons are one of the many performers set to take the stage at this years Grammy Awards to honor music great Levon Helm.
The Recording Academy released a statement on Wednesday that said T Bone Burnett, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes will also perform “The Weight” at the 2013 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, which will air this upcoming Sunday.
“Can you think of a song that fits (more)?” said Ken Ehrlich, producer of the Grammy Awards. “Philosophically it fits the moment.”
Levon Helm was the drummer, singer, and face of 60s rock group The Band. Yes, he really was in a band called The Band. Helm passed away last year at the age of 71 after a long battle with cancer. The Band’s 1968 debut, “Music From Big Pink,” and its follow-up, “The Band,” are considered some of the albums to come out during that time, and songs such as “The Weight” and “Cripple Creek” have become rock standards.
The 55th annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.