Grammys' Bob Marley tribute leaves goosebumps amongst an optimistic world Image

by Biko Kennedy

Seeing Ziggy and Damian Marley alongside Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Sting performing together a bubbly and soulful tribute to the legacy of Bob Marley led to a standing ovation…with Bob somewhere looking down nodding in approval.

Opening with Bruno Mars' high-energy hit single 'Locked out of Heaven', the Staple Centre was already jumping to the bouncing bassline as Sting joined an animated Mars playing a bass guitar. Sting assisted Mars in singing the second verse of the hit single before entering the reggae flavoured classic 'Walking on the Moon' by The Police.

As Bob Marley and the Wailers' 1980 hit 'Could You Be Loved' bass chords began to play, an immediate choral chant emerged from the crowd as Bruno Mars explains: "Ladies and Gentlemen, none of this wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for Bob Marley…here to pay tribute is Rihanna and Ziggy Marley…make some noise!"

Sharing mic duties, Rihanna and Ziggy took turns singing the first verse leading to Sting and Mars joining in for the chorus. The Gongzilla himself, Damian, came out for the second verse, kicking the energy into overdrive with his deejaying prowess.

The only thing missing from the tribute was more of Bob's songs; nonetheless, it was a fitting tribute to the reggae superstar and one that will have everyone talking about for quite a while.

If you missed the performance here's a clip of it

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