George Clinton & wife Carlon
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George Clinton: "The Funk Is Just Beginning" | GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends
George Clinton's decades-long, funky-as-hell impact on music is inescapable. From his sprawling '70s funk records with the Parliament (which eventually evolved into the Parliament-Funkadelic) to his collaborations with Prince, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus and many more, to his oft-sampled groovy beats, it's hard to imagine music without Clinton and his funky crew.
"This part of the funk is just beginning," Clinton said backstage at the event, reflecting on his music's impact. "The funk that we did in the '60s and '70s has evolved into the '80s and '90s with the hip-hop generation and jazz, and it's gonna be here a long time."
During the show, members of the funk family, including Clinton and Bootsy Collins, filled the stage with an infectious energy and several of their hits, including "One Nation Under A Groove." They may have been the last honorees and performance during the event, but they still got everyone dancing.
Clinton & the Parliament-Funkadelic were part of a handful of artists presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award during this year's show. Black Sabbath, Donny Hathaway, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave and Dionne Warwick are the other 2019 recipients.
In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award artists, the Trustees Awards, given to Lou Adler, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, and Johnny Mandel this year, celebrated exemplary contributors to music, outside of performance. Additionally, the Technical GRAMMY Award was presented (posthumously) to API Audio Co-Founder Saul Walker, and Florida high school choir director Jeffery Redding was celebrated with the Music Educator Award.
Don't forget to tune into GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends on Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check your local listings) to catch the groove.