They watched performances by Travis Scott , Keala Settle, Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha , H.E.R. , Brandi Carlile and The Time . The evening closed with a tribute to Aretha Franklin , with her songs sung by Jazmine Sullivan , Ledisi and Chloe and Halle . Sullivan also duetted with Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 , and Chloe and Halle were joined by Carlile, Settle and Valerie Simpson on the evening's finale "Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves."
The guest list included:
Apple CEO Tim Cook
LL Cool J
Carole Bayer Sager
Earth, Wind & Fire
Music business luminary Clarence Avant wasthe honoree in keeping with the evening's theme Salute to Industry Icons. Another industry icon, Quincy Jones , introduced Avant , as did Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow .
The performances were:
- Travis Scott - “Goosebumps” / "Sicko Mode"
- Keala Settle - “This Is Me” (from The Greatest Showman )
- Florida Georgia Line w. Bebe Rexha - “Meant to Be”
- H.E.R. - "Make It Rain" (the Foy Vance / Ed Sheeran song)
- Brandi Carlile - “The Joke”
- The Time (w. Morris Day) - “Jungle Love” / "The Bird"
- Jazmine Sullivan - "Call Me"
- Jazmine Sullivan and Rob Thomas - "I Knew You Were Waiting"
- Ledisi - "Think" / "Ain't No Way" / "Respect"
- Chloe and Halle w. Brandi Carlile, Keala Settle and Valerie Simpson - "Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves"