Sheryl Crow Experienced Technical Glitch During Grammys Tribute To Christine McVie

Sheryl Crow Experienced Technical Glitch During Grammys Tribute To Christine McVie | Classic Country Music | Legendary Stories and Songs Videos

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Mick Fleetwood joined Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt onstage during the 2023 Grammy Awards to honor his late Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie. McVie passed away on November 30, 2022 at the age of 79.

Fleetwood, Crow, and Raitt delivered their tribute during the Grammys‘ “In Memoriam” segment. They performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Songbird,” which was written by McVie. She also performed the lead vocals on the recording.

Those watching from home praised the beautiful tribute. But viewers had no idea the trio experienced a major technical glitch during the performance.

Crow explained what happened, saying:

“…something really strange happened. I sat down to play with Bonnie and Mick and the piano was not working right. I still cannot wrap my brain around it because I’ve never had it happen but the clock started for Mick and the first chord I played, only a couple of notes at a time would play. At one point, the piano in our ears was in a different key than what I was playing!”

She described how they solved the issue, and why things sounded perfectly fine to people watching from home:

“Thankfully, the broadcast mixer noticed something was off and switched over to the microphones. So to everyone else it sounds completely normal. But for us, the digital patch that was what we heard in our ears was CRAZY! Needless to say, I was disappointed but Mick and I decided after the performance that perhaps Christine might be up there sipping champaign [sic] and giggling, having been a keyboard player herself.”


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Raitt offered some additional context in a post of her own. She said:

“It was a very challenging situation, especially for such an important moment in the live broadcast. Sheryl, Mick and I were grateful to hear that the broadcast engineer caught the problem and was immediately able to switch and send the correct keyboard sound to those of you watching at home. We were very dismayed to hear that unfortunately, those listening in the audience—our friends, peers, and fans — were hearing what we were hearing as well which was the broken keyboard playing in both the wrong key and none of the notes she was actually playing.”

Raitt praised Crow for continuing to play through the glitch “in that highly emotional, live moment.”


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Hats off to Crow, Raitt, and Fleetwood for pushing through so they could deliver a stunning tribute to McVie. You can watch their performance below.

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