Soul/R&B Veteran Raphael Saadiq has recently been confirmed to perform at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards later this month alongside The Rolling Stones‘ front-man Mick Jagger in this year’s award ceremony’s ‘In Memoriam’ segment.
The performance which will mark Mr. Jagger’s first ever performance at the Grammy Awards is set to be a tribute performance to Solomon Burke, the late Soul/R&B legend often referred to as the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Soul’, who passed away in October 2010.
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Raphael Saadiq whose forthcoming album, Stone Rollin’ will apparently mirror and pay homage to the ’50s and ’60s retro styled music that Burke is remembered for, already has a strong affinity towards “old school” Soul and R&B and is probably the ideal artist for this Solomon Burke Grammy tribute.
Mick Jagger on the other hand, seems to be the perfect choice for this tribute performance as The Rolling Stones often site the late R&B legend as a huge influence on their music with the late Solomon Burke even touring with the band on their 2002/2003 North American tour.
The Rolling Stones also covered such Burke classics as ‘Everybody Needs Someone To Love’ and ‘Cry To Me’ earlier in their career so it is only befitting that Mick Jagger’s first performance on The Grammy Awards stage be in honor of the late great “King of Rock and Soul”.
The 53rd Grammy Award ceremonies will take place on February 13th, 2011 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.