The iconic musicians who died in the late 2016 will be tributed in a special way on Grammy 2017. “George Michael and Prince were pop icons”, the president of the recording academy said in a statement. “They showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma. While each possessed a distinct style and sound, they were both adored by audiences worldwide. The passing of two such creative innovators were a huge loss for the creative community; The Recording Academy is humbled to pay homage to their tremendous legacies on the Grammy stage”. While the contents of the tributes remain unclear, other acts confirmed to perform on the night such as LGBT activist Lady Gaga and the British gay icon Adele. George Michael and Prince were both awarded Grammy multiple times. Prince had 7 Grammy awards, George Michael was awarded 3 times.