Prince And George Michael To Be Honored During Sunday Night's Grammy Awards

Prince And George Michael To Be Honored During Sunday Night's Grammy Awards
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The organizers of this year's Grammy Awards are working to ensure that two late pop superstars' legacies won't be lost with the passing of time.  

Both Prince and George Michael will be honored with "unforgettable tribute segments" during Sunday night's ceremony, the Recording Academy announced Friday.

"George Michael and Prince were pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma," Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. 

"While each possessed a distinct style and sound, they were both adored by audiences worldwide," he continued, according to Rolling Stone. "The passings 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."

The names of the musicians that will participate in the tributes haven't been announced yet, but we know for sure that John Legend will perform during the award show's In Memoriam segment.

Prince fans will have two reasons to party like it's 1999 this weekend: The High Priest of Pop's digital catalog will finally return to streaming services.

Rolling Stone reported that most of Prince's songs will be available sometime on Sunday, the day of his Grammys tribute. 

Prince had pulled his tracks from platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and iHeartRadio in June 2015; he made them exclusively available on Tidal, a subscription-based service, a month later.

But after a series of lawsuits in the wake of Prince's death, Universal acquired his publishing rights and began working out deals with streaming services to make sure Prince's catalog returned to those platforms by this year's Grammy Awards.

It's safe to say those negotiations were a success — and not a moment too soon.