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John Prine, Chick Corea win posthumous Grammys

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Los Angeles, United States  /  Mon, March 15, 2021  /  12:59 pm
 John Prine, Chick Corea win posthumous Grammys

Singer John Prine, recipient of the 2020 Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award, performs onstage during AMERICANAFEST's Pre-GRAMMY Salute to Willie Nelson at The Troubadour on January 25, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Agence France Presse/Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

John Prine, the late American folk legend who was among his generation's most influential songwriters, won two posthumous Grammys on Sunday after dying of coronavirus complications.

Prine -- who died at the age of 73 last April, as the first wave of Covid-19 was sweeping much of the United States -- won for his final tune "I Remember Everything," for Best Roots Performance and Best Roots Song.

The artist dubbed the "Mark Twain of American songwriting" last year received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy.

"We love and miss you, Dad," said one of his sons via video chat as his family accepted the awards.

In this file photo taken on September 13, 2014 US musician Chick Corea greets the public during a concert in the In this file photo taken on September 13, 2014 US musician Chick Corea greets the public during a concert in the (Agence France Presse/Luis Robayo)

Also celebrated with two posthumous Grammys was Chick Corea, the American jazz composer whose visionary fusion work stretched the traditional boundaries of musical genres.

Corea -- who died in February of a rare form of cancer -- won for Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

"He always said, 'Go for it'," said Gayle Corea, the pianist's wife, who accepted the awards on his behalf.

"Don't ever say you cannot do it," she said, when asked in the virtual press room about Corea's legacy.

"He's with me -- he's on my shoulder right here. He's with us in spirit."

Other artists who earned posthumous nominations included rappers Pop Smoke and Nipsey Hussle, and folk icon Leonard Cohen.

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