Kamasi Washington joins all-star Marvin Gaye Grammys cover

The saxophonist helped mark the 50th anniversary of Gaye’s album ‘What’s Going On.’

Kamasi Washington, PJ Morton, the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra and many more artists joined forces on a cover of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 single “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” for the 63rd Grammy Awards.

The above artists as well as Bebel Gilberto, Alexandre Desplat, Ledisi, Grace Potter, John Beasley and more recorded their parts for the cover separately, with the footage stitched together into a performance that helped open the Grammys ceremony and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gaye’s landmark 1971 album What’s Going On.

Washington was up for a Grammy at the Sunday ceremony, having been nominated for the score he wrote for Netflix documentary Becoming, which explored the life of former first lady Michelle Obama. He was in the running for the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, which was ultimately won by Hildur Guðnadóttir’s Joker soundtrack.


Watch the all-star band perform “Mercy Mercy Me” below:

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