Eagles to pay tribute to Glenn Frey at Grammys

Glenn Frey performs with the Eagles at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in 2011.
Glenn Frey performs with the Eagles at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in 2011. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Surviving members of classic rock group The Eagles will honour late bandmate Glenn Frey with a performance at next week's Grammys, organisers said Wednesday.

The band members will team up with the folk rocker Jackson Browne - the co-writer of Eagles hit Take It Easy - during the award show on Monday.

Announcing the appearance, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said that Frey's death left "a huge loss for the entire creative community".

"For more than 45 years, the Eagles have played a significant role in shaping our musical landscape," he said in a statement.

The Eagles who will perform include drummer-vocalist Don Henley, who went on to a successful solo career and has won eight Grammys, with a nomination for a ninth award on Monday.

The Eagles, who pioneered the laid-back, country-tinged West Coast rock of the 1970s, are one of the most successful bands of rock history, with hits including Hotel California.

The band's 1975 greatest hits collection is the second-best selling album in US history after Michael Jackson's Thriller and the band had been playing together until last year.

Frey died on Jan 18 at age 67 from a mix of illnesses including pneumonia.

He was one of a number of major artists who have died in recent weeks.

The Grammys will also feature tributes to rock legend David Bowie and "King of the Blues" BB King.