Watch Full Video of the Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2018 Concert Featuring The Meters, Neil Diamond and More
Earlier this year, the Recording Academy hosted the 2018 Grammy Salute to Music Legends, with Lifetime Achievement awards and more presented to the likes of New Orleans funk godfathers The Meters, Queen, Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Emmylou Harris, composer John Williams and more, plus Trustee and Music Educator Grammy Awards. The night also featured performances and speeches from many of those being honored.
This weekend, PBS aired the premiere of the ceremony and concert, including a performance from original Meters members George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste and Leo Nocentelli, plus longtime collaborator Cyril Neville. The collective ran through Meters classics “Cissy Strut” and “Fire on the Bayou” and each shared some words on receiving the award, with founding keyboardist Art “Poppa Funk” Neville’s son Ian (guitarist for Dumpstaphunk) accepting the award on his father’s behalf (the elder Neville was unable to make it to the ceremony because of health issues).
Watch below, and hear Porter Jr., Modeliste, and Cyril and Ian Neville discuss the honor and how they’re keeping the music of The Meters alive in this recent interview.