Watch: Leon Bridges & Jon Batiste’s Emmy Awards “In Memoriam” Tribute in Honor of Norm Macdonald, Alex Trebek, Michael K Williams
After a loss-heavy year, Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste teamed up with a touching “In Memoriam” at the 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night (September 19) to honor the last greats of the television world.
As the musicians began to perform an unplugged version of Bridges’ “River”, photos of Larry King, Norm Macdonald, Christopher Plummer, Alex Trebek, Cicely Tyson, Jessica Walter, Dawn Wells, Michael K. Williams and more scrolled past. one by one. for a touching tribute.
Among them were also three Mary tyler moore cast members — Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman and Gavin MacLeod — and two cast members from Homicide: life on the streets, Yaphet Kotto and Ned Beatty.
According to WWLTV reports, Batiste, a New Orleans native, wore a costume on the red carpet with photos of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina.
“River” – released in 2015 as part of Bridges’ groundbreaking album, Go home– provided a poignant backdrop for the memorial. Batiste and Bridges both started the gospel-imprinted song on acoustic guitar, ushering in the segment with enchanting harmonies. Before concluding, Batiste sat behind the piano, getting the message home with an astonishing contribution from the keys.
Watch Jon Batiste and Leon Bridges perform “River” below.
Photo courtesy of CBS / Viacom (Invision / AP)