McGraw sang Campbell’s Oscar-nomintated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” and although it didn’t win, his performance was quite a moving salute to the country legend all on its own.
Campbell, the man whose hits include “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston,” was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in late 2010 and wrote the song with Julian Raymond before his symptoms progressed too far.
Following a farewell tour and the filming of a documentary about his ordeal called Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me, Campbell entered a full-time treatment facility in 2014.
The song was up for best original song, which ultimately went to “Glory” by John Legend, Common and Che Smith from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. bio-pic, Selma.
But awards or no awards, McGraw’s performance was stirring and supremely classy, a fitting tribute to the beloved country star. And thankfully, Campbell’s wife Kim and daughter Ashley were present to witness it.