Ailing soul crooner Luther Vandross thrilled the Grammy Awards audience in
Los Angeles last night (08FEB04) with a heartfelt video message.
The singer, who suffered a stroke last year (03), won a trio of awards and
was the subject of a tribute at the ceremony - but his video message was a big
Slurring his words, the singer thanked fans for their support, saying, "I
want to thank everyone for your love and support and, remember, when I say
goodbye it's never for long."
Vandross then showed he hasn't lost his smooth voice by singing, "I
believe in the power of love."
There were also video messages from BEATLES RINGO STARR and PAUL
McCARTNEY, who were honoured with the night's Presidents Award on the 40th
anniversary of their first US TV performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
McCartney appeared from his studio playing the same guitar her played on
the Sullivan show all those years ago.
Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison appeared at the ceremony to honour their late
Ono told the audience, "If JOHN (LENNON) was here tonight he'd be very
happy that his efforts were acknowledged in this way by the Grammys and he
would probably would want to say, 'Come together, give peace a chance and love
is all you need.'"