Emmys 2018 "In Memoriam" segment honors Anthony Bourdain, Aretha Franklin set to the tune of 'Amazing Grace'
From celebrated chef Anthony Bourdain to 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin, the best of creatives, actors, directors, producers, and singers were honored with a touching tribute.
As is the tradition each year, the 2018 Emmys Awards paused for a moment to remember the legends and the Hollywood icons we lost this year. From celebrated chef Anthony Bourdain to 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin, the best of creatives, actors, directors, producers, and singers were honored with a touching tribute during the Emmys "In memoriam" section.
And needless to say, the moving tribute that was aptly played against the background tune of Franklin's song, "Amazing Grace", left the hall full of TV stars completely emotional. “To work in TV is a privilege. We challenge your assumptions. We gently deliver bad news. We feel a responsibility to always tell you the truth," actress Tina Fey said as she introduced this year's list of honorees, whom we tragically lost in the past 12 months. While news of Bourdain's untimely death came on June 8, the musical world was served a big blow when news of Franklin's passing surfaced on August 16.
The iconic songstress was 76-years-old and died after a long-time health battle. In addition to these two, a host of other icons were also celebrated during the 'In memoriam' segment, including, Burt Reynolds, Della Reese, Jerry Van Dyke, Reg E. Cathey, Craig Zadan, Steven Bochco, Dick Enberg, Vanessa Marquez, Alan O’Neill, Jackson Odell, and Senator John McCain.