What if the Grammy Awards gave a Bob Marley tribute and no one sang a Bob Marley song?
That’s what it looked like for about two-thirds of a set that was supposed to honor the late, great reggae artist. Bruno Mars and Sting kicked off the performance by singing not anything from Marley’s massive catalog, but their own songs: Mars did “Locked Out of Heaven,” and Sting did The Police’s “Walking on the Moon.”
You could argue that both songs are at least a little bit reggae-influenced — or a lot, in the case of “Walking on the Moon.” But even though Mars threw in, “None of this would be possible without Bob Marley” at the end of their two songs, it felt forced and strange to try to make that tenuous connection.
Fortunately, they did get around to performing a Marley song when Rihanna, along with Bob’s sons Ziggy and Damian Marley, joined them on stage. They did a rousing version of “Could You Be Loved” that brought the crowd to its feet.
What did you think of the tribute? Should Bruno Mars and Sting have set aside their own songs for those of Bob Marley’s?