Aerosmith Rocks Grammy Telecast

Clint Drieberg
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Aerosmith took the stage last night at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. The band opened the two-song set with 1993’s “Livin’ On The Edge” during which Steven Tyler called on Grammy Award-winning Lizzo for some backing vocals — before declaring “Lizzo, I f***in’ love you!” Run D.M.C. joined the group for a revival of their joint 1986 crossover remake of “Walk This Way.”

Friday night saw the band honored as the 2020 “MusiCares Person of The Year.” Proceeds from the annual benefit gala will provide essential support for MusiCares, “which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.”

Although, as expected, drummer Joey Kramer did not perform with the band, the event was drama-free, with a clearly emotional Kramer appearing with the group to accept the award and address the crowd. At one point, as Steven Tyler read his prepared statement, he physically pulled a tearful Kramer close to him.

Following the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute — which featured Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr., Jonas Brothers, Alice Cooper and many more — and the 2020 Grammys performance, Aerosmith are set to resume their Las Vegas residency later this month, with additional shows scheduled in May and June. The band also plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a European tour this summer.