"Come together and honor the memory of those music-loving souls so cruelly taken from us."
The victims of the Manchester Arena and Las Vegas terror attacks were honoured with an emotional tribute at The Grammys last night.
A stirring rendition of Eric Clapton’s ‘Tears In Heaven’ was led by American country star Eric Church, who was among the performers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival last October when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fired from his hotel room and killed 58 people.
As Church performed the track alongside country music stars Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne, the names of the 58 victims flashed behind them.
Morris also paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack as she opened the performance, with their names also appearing in the background of the performance .
“A few months earlier and a continent away the same was true in Manchester, England. The painful truth is that this year in just those two events, 81 music lovers, just like us, went out to a night of music and never came home,” Morris said.
“So, tonight, to honor those we lost, Eric, Brothers Osbourne and I, who all performed in Las Vegas that tragic weekend, want to come together and honor the memory of those music-loving souls so cruelly taken from us.”
The performance came during a ceremony that was largely dominated by Bruno Mars, who picked up six awards including Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year.