2013 Grammys: Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes Join Elton John for Levon Helm Tribute
There were definitely fewer dry eyes in the house at the 2013 Grammys following the all-star tribute to Levon Helm, the late drummer-singer of the classic rock group the Band. Easily one of the most moving performances of the night, the run-through of the Band’s ‘The Weight’ (really, was there any other choice?) featured legends like Elton John, T-Bone Burnett and Mavis Staples alongisde relative newcomers Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard and Zac Brown, leader of the country-folk outfit the Zac Brown Band.
Brown handled the first verse of ‘The Weight,’ with Staples, Mumford and Sons, Brittany Howard and John each taking the lead on subsequent verses. With the soaring, four-part harmonies that make up the chorus of ‘The Weight,’ the song is tailor-made for group singing, whether it be amateur karaoke sessions or superstar cover versions. It probably goes without saying that their rendition was beautiful, emotionally charged and one of the night’s most memorable.
Levon Helm died in April 2012 at the age of 71 from complications of throat cancer, and his music touched a wide range of people — something that was reinforced by this multi-generational and multi-genre tribute. Be sure to check it out below.
Watch Mumford and Sons and Alabama Shakes Help Honor Levon Helm at the 2013 Grammys