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Grammys to pay tribute to victims killed at live music events

2018-01-18

The people who tragically lost their lives at music events during the past year will be commemorated with a special segment at this month's Grammys, the Recording Academy announced Thursday.

The tribute segment will feature a performance by country artists Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osbourne, who each were part of the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas where a gunman opened fire on the crowd last October.

"Live music events have always provided a safe space for fans to gather in a shared celebration of music. Sadly, that wasn't always the case this past year," Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement.

People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on Oct. 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mass shooting at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

"We believe it's incredibly important to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in these senseless tragedies and to remind musicians and music lovers alike that live music will continue to be a powerful force that unites us all."

Approximately 22,000 people were in the audience of the outdoor Route 91 Harvest during Jason Aldean's performance when gunman Stephen Paddock began firing into the crowd from a nearby hotel balcony, killing 58 and injuring over 500 others.

In October, 58 people were killed and over 500 more were injured at the Route 91 Harvest.

(David Becker/Getty Images)

Church, who had performed earlier during the festival, told The Associated Press, "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."

The Las Vegas tragedy came nearly five months after a May attack at England's Manchester Arena, where a bomber detonated an explosive device outside the venue after an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 and injuring dozens more.

The Grammys, which will be hosted by James Corden, take place on Jan. 28 at New York City's Madison Square Garden.