They are gone, but not forgotten. After a tearful Jennifer Aniston remembered the lost members of her Hollywood ‘family,’ Sara Bareilles honored Carrie Fisher, Mary Tyler Moore, Gene Wilder & more with a loving In Memoriam tribute.
Before Sara Bareilles, 37, would honor such stars as Mary Tyler Moore, Prince and more, Jennifer Aniston, 48, took to the stage to speak of those stars that had died in the past year. Jennifer said “each and every one was a cherished member of our beloved family,” before holding back tears as she recalled Bill Paxton, who passed away a day before on Feb. 25.
As Sara began to sing “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell, 73, images of the many Hollywood legends – in front and behind the camera – flashed on screen. 2016 had fans saying goodbye to Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, the latter passing away days after her daughter’s death. Anton Yelchin, Robert Vaughn, Gene Wilder, Garry Marshall, Garry Shandling and Alan Thicke also died in 2016, leaving fans in mourning. All in all, Sara’s tribute was a perfect way to send love to these stars for one last time.
The 2016 Oscars In Memoriam saw Dave Grohl, 48, play a sweet rendition of The Beatles’ “Blackbird,” while fans said one last good-bye to stars like Leonard Nimoy, Christopher Lee and David Bowie. It seems that music is the best way to honor the fallen. With more than 200 Hollywood actors, producers and filmmakers who died in 2016, it’s clear why Sara was picked for the incredible task of celebrating them.
“Sara’s unique artistry will honor those we’ve lost in our community, including familiar faces and those behind the scenes who have enriched the art of moviemaking,” show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said in a statement to HollywoodLife.com. Sara first broke out in 2007 with “Love Song,” a hit from her debut album Little Voice. She translated her success from the charts to the Great White Way, as she composed the music and lyrics for Waitress, the musical adaptation of the movie.
Sara would get a Tony Awards nomination for Original Score and a Grammy nomination for Musical Theater Album. She will actually make her Broadway acting debut in March 2017, joining Waitress to sing the songs she wrote for the musical.
What do you think about the In Memoriam tribute, HollywoodLifers? Did you think it was a powerful display of love for those stars that passed away? Did you think having Sara Bareilles sing was the right choice?