Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris perform "Wildflowers" during an In Memoriam tribute to Tom Petty at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Chris Stapleton wiped tear away before Tom Petty performance

January 29, 2018 - 12:01 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Moments before he went onstage to honor Tom Petty, Chris Stapleton wiped away a tear.

Stapleton and Emmylou Harris performed Petty's "Wildflowers" and it was an emotional moment for Stapleton.

Stapleton joined Petty's tour with his band the Heartbreakers for a few stops on what would be their last tour last year.

Backstage, Stapleton called himself a "huge fan" and said "Wildflowers" was one of his favorite songs.

Stapleton noted how many people the music industry lost in the last 12 months. He said he hoped his performance with Harris helped somebody find "some relief or peace."

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