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Why B.B. King was a slam dunk for a Grammy tribute

Why B.B. King was a slam dunk for a Grammy tribute

Just since the start of a new year, the world has lost what feels like an inordinate number of high-profile music-world figures: rock provocateur David Bowie, singer Natalie Cole, Eagles founding member Glenn Frey, composer-conductor Pierre Boulez, Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner, jazz musician Paul Bley, Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister and superstar manager-record company executive Robert Stigwood, among others.

The Grammy Awards telecast typically pays homage to those who have died during the previous year, often singling out one of the most prominent for a musical salute. Given the deluge of deaths, it wouldn’t be hard to fill the three-hour time slot with...

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