Stone and Etheridge pay tribute to Joplin

Teenage British soul star Joss Stone and Melissa Etheridge electrified the Grammys audience with a gritty tribute to Janis Joplin.

Teenage British soul star Joss Stone and Melissa Etheridge electrified the Grammys audience with a gritty tribute to Janis Joplin.

A barefoot Stone sang Cry Baby, then teamed with Etheridge’s vocals and driving guitar on Piece of My Heart.

Etheridge was bald, the result of her battle with breast cancer. She had a tumour and lymph nodes removed in October.

Kris Kristofferson, who wrote the Joplin classic Me and Bobby McGee, introduced the duo. Joplin died of a drug overdose in 1970, aged 27.

“It’s bittersweet,” he said. “She was so passionate about what she did.”

Joplin was among those honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy.

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