Miranda Lambert and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong joined the Grammy Awards in paying tribute to the late Phil Everly and other significant musical figures during a touching segment on Sunday night (Jan. 26).
Much like the Everly Brothers appealed to country and pop audiences, Armstrong and Lambert represented the broad appeal of the pioneering duo. The singers offered a stripped-down rendition of “When Will I Be Loved,” a classic tune written by Phil Everly and later popularized by Linda Ronstadt.
The performance followed a video montage that began with two of country music’s late legends — George Jones and Ray Price. The segment also paid homage to country artists like Tompall Glaser, Jack Greene, Mindy McCready and Slim Whitman.
Country Music Hall of Fame members Cowboy Jack Clement and Jim Foglesong were also recognized, as were journalist Chet Flippo , songwriter Steven Fromholz, video director Sherman Halsey and Willie Nelson’s longtime guitarist Jody Payne.
The Everly Brothers’ recordings of “Bye Bye Love” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream” are included in the Grammy Hall of Fame. The duo’s many other hits include “Wake Up Little Susie” and “Bird Dog.” The Everly Brothers joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
In November, Armstrong and Norah Jones released a tender duet album titled Foreverly. The project was a track-by-track remake of the brothers’ 1958 album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.
Lambert’s hit, “Mama’s Broken Heart,” was nominated this year for best country solo performance and best country song. Lambert won a 2010 Grammy in the category of best female country vocal performance for “The House That Built Me.”
Armstrong is a five-time Grammy winner.