Emmys In Memoriam Video 2017 – Watch Christopher Jackson Emmy Awards Tribute Performance

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emmys In Memoriam 2017

By Shari Weiss |

emmys In Memoriam 2017


Hollywood paid tribute to stars we’ve lost in the last year at Sunday’s 2017 Emmys. Following an introduction from Viola Davis, Christopher Jackson gave a stirring musical performance as an In Memoriam montage of the deceased appeared on screen. Watch the video below.

It was only announced just days ago that Jackson would lead the In Memoriam segment at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, with organizers saying he would deliver a “touching tribute.” The actor and singer is best known for starring in the original casts of In The Heights and Hamilton, both of which were led by mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda. In 2015, Jackson’s role as George Washington in Hamilton led to a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He also collaborated with Miranda again for the film Moana.

He transitioned to television last year with a main role on “Bull,” which airs on CBS, the broadcast home of this year’s Emmys. And in addition to being a Tony and Grammy winner, Jackson is also a three-time Daytime Emmy nominee for his work with “Sesame Street.” In 2011, he even took home the award for Outstanding Original Song for A Children’s Series. That makes him an especially fitting musical choice for the annual In Memoriam performance.

While Jackson movingly sang “AAs” the screen behind him showcased photos the beloved actors, actresses, writers, directors, producers and more who have died since the 2016 award show. Among those included were Mary Tyler Moore, Jerry Lewis, Florence Henderson, Don Rickles, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, Agnes Nixon, Bill Paxton, Miguel Ferrer, Robert Osborne and Alan Thicke. Also featured were Powers Boothe, Adam West, John Heard, Jay Thomas, Nelsan Ellis, Roger Moore, John Hurt, Gwen Ifill and many more.

Inevitably, every year someone notable is left out, usually due to time constraints. But the Television Academy has a complete In Memoriam database on the Emmy website to “provide a venue for the acknowledgment of the television community as a whole.” See full video of the 2017 In Memoriam tribute below. NOTE: The video is no longer available.

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