John Prine’s final song wins two posthumous Grammys: ‘I feel John’s presence today very strongly’
John Prine’s widow Fiona Prine spoke movingly after the legendary songwriter won two posthumous Grammy Awards Sunday.
Prine’s “I Remember Everything” won best American roots song and best American roots performance during Sunday’s pre-telecast ceremony.
“I Remember Everything,” recorded in 2019, was released last June — two months after the 73-year-old died of complications from COVID-19 on April 7, 2020.
“It just feels so wonderful,” Fiona, who accepted the award along with the couple’s three sons from their Nashville home, said backstage. “I feel John’s presence today very strongly.”
Fiona noted that her late husband’s wins were making a joyous stir on social media.
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In this June 20, 2017, file photo, John Prine poses in his offices in Nashville, Tenn. Prine died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, from complications of the coronavirus. He was 73. (Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP)
“He was absolutely lovable. Even at his most irritating he was lovable,” said Fiona. “He had this remarkable unique talent and his songs are a testimony of that. I often tell people if you want to know the story of John Prine, start reading the lyrics of the first song and go all the way to ‘I Remember Everything.’ “
The couple were married for 24 years, and Prine died the day after the couple’s 24th anniversary.
Prine’s son Jody Whelan — who runs his father’s independent record label, Oh Boy Records — said there were plans to celebrate John’s career “with everyone in Nashville … as long as it’s safe.”
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