Leon Bridges teamed with Jon Batiste to perform his song “River” as the soundtrack for the In Memoriam segment on Sunday’s 2021 Emmy Awards telecast. Bridges and Batiste sang the powerful song from Leon’s 2015 album, Coming Home, as images and voiceovers from some of those in the television world who died in the past year were broadcast.
Larry King, Alex Trebek, Cicely Tyson, George Segal, Markie Post, Jessica Walter, Michael K. Williams and Norm Macdonald were among those honored during the In Memoriam segment. Leon and Jon started “River” on acoustic guitars before Batiste moved over the piano for the powerful tribute.
Watch the In Memoriam Tribute from last night’s Emmys below: