Avant, 87, is referred to as the "Godfather of Black Music" and received the Salute to Industry Icon Award during Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala Saturday night.
The moment came at the start of a show showcasing the female talent in the music business, one year after women were largely snubbed in the major categories. There was a standing O for Mrs.
Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance on the Grammys stage Sunday to deliver a message about music and women's empowerment alongside superstars Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, host Alicia Keys and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith. It helps us to hear one another, to invite each other in.
The surprise was welcomed and praised by many.
"They said, I was weird", began Gaga.
"Mongol? She just said it". "We gotta take care of each other".
Keys, who was recently a coach on NBC's The Voice, is hosting the Grammys for the first time. Sure, his song "Daughters" was nice and very sing-along-y, but Keys had written her seminal song "If I Ain't Got You". How uplifting and motivational it was to hear these women speak about the importance of music in their very different lives, to share in their uplifting stories and feel that love.
Soundarya Rajinikanth marries Vishagan in grand ceremony
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Cardi B feeling her giant purple couch stage.
Gaga was spotted breaking it down and whipping her hair around in the front row during Janelle Monaé's performance.
Keys, armed with not one but two pianos, played her own original hit ("Empire State of Mind"), as well as a wide-ranging medley of cover songs. "I wish I wrote 'em".
Diana Ross' grandson introducing her.
Dolly - who was honoured with the MusicCares Person of the Year award - stole the show early on in a striking red dress which featured feather detailing, silver embroidery and a ruffled hem. Producer Boi-1da and Americana singer Brandi Carlile are behind them with six apiece. Donny Holloway was honored with a posthumous lifetime achievement award, featuring Atlanta sisterly duo Chloe x Halle singing "Where Is the Love" with gusto.
Those nominated include Cardi B, Drake, Childish Gambino, Dua Lipa and a whole host more of your favourite musical names.