Camila Cabello opened the epic rendition of “I Sing the Body Electric” from the hit 1980 movie musical, with Cyndi Lauper singing next, followed by Broadway star Ben Platt.
Other artists incorporated into the sensational show were Gary Clark Jr., choreographer Debbie Allen, violinist Joshua Bell, Common, ballerina Misty Copeland, pianist Lang Lang and musical duo The War and Treaty.
The performance also honored Ehrlich and the Recording Academy’s commitment to music education. Young musicians, singers and dancers — many of whom hailed from Allen’s Los Angeles-based Dance Academy — also took the stage for the performance Sunday night.
“It was pretty plain to me that, you know, rather than to put together a montage of great Grammy moments, which everybody has seen now a lot of times…that this was a fresh way of doing something that really represented what I’ve tried to do with the Grammys,” Ehrlich told the Associated Press. “And it’s consistent with what the mission of the Academy is with regard to music education and music of the schools.”
Allen, who worked with Ehrlich on the television adaptation of Fame, also choreographed the performance.
“I Sing the Body Electric” served as the closing song in the 1980 film. The song was written by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Dean Pitchford and composer Michael Gore, who won the Academy Award for best original score for his work on Fame. The pair borrowed the song’s refrain from a poem of the same name by Walt Whitman.