Posted: 6:08 am Monday, January 29th, 2018
By Staff Writer
This has been the start of a new year after a very emotionally draining 2017. Last night at the 2018 Grammy Awards Maren Morris, Eric Church, and the Brothers Osborne performed a Grammy-winning, Eric Clapton song “If I Saw You In Heaven.” The touching performance was to honor the victims of the Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival & the Manchester bombing.
Each one of the country music stars took the stage during last October’s Route 91 Harvest Festival, where a gunman opened fire on the crowd from inside a 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. At least 58 were killed and hundreds more injured, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Also, back in May of 2017, more than 20 lives were lost following an Ariana Grande concert after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in the foyer of the Manchester Arena. Names of the victims from both tragedies were displayed in the background during the 2018 Grammy performance.
“The most important thing is is honoring all the victims and everyone affected by the Manchester bombing and Vegas shootings,” Brothers Osborne told E! News on the Grammys red carpet. I think the focus should be more on that than us. We’re hoping we can make music, make people smile, just relax and feel some peace.”
Eric Church said, “On October first all of country music was reminded, in the most tragic way, the connection we share with our fans and the healing power of music will always provide.” Then TJ Osborne added, “May they all rest in peace.”
Eric Church actually wrote a song in the days after the Vegas shooting called “Why Not ME,” and he told The Associated Press, per CBS News, that “there’s not a day that goes by since that day that I have not thought of it and thought of the people and the victims.”
Maren agrees, but said their Grammys tribute is a testament to the country music world’s commitment to each other.
“It reinforces even more the strength of music and the community that we all share together, artists and fans alike,” the 27-year-old shared, also adding, “As an artist and a performer, I don’t want to be afraid to walk out on a stage each night. I know that we’ve all been reckoning with that for the last several months.”