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Music World Pays Tribute to ‘Legend’ Glen Campbell: ‘An Incredible Musician and Even Better Person’

The country world mourned the loss of musician Glen Campbell, following his death Tuesday at the age of 81. Fellow musicians, friends, and fans took to social media to give their condolences to the late singer and his family, and also celebrate his legacy.

Campbell’s official Twitter and website confirmed his death on Tuesday. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announced the passing of Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81.”

The musician’s daughter, Ashley Campbell, posted a picture with her hand locked with her fathers on Instagram and captioned the post, “Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love.”

Neil Portnow, Recording Academy president/CEO, said in a statement, “Six-time Grammy winner Glen Campbell was, and always will be, an American treasure. In a career spanning more than six decades, Glen contributed to countless hits as part of the renowned group of session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. As an artist, his remarkable voice, top-level guitar work, and dazzling showmanship shot him to superstardom in the 1960s, and he became one of the most successful pop/country crossover artists of all time. Glen received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy in 2012, our formal acknowledgment of his immense contributions to music and culture and we’ll always cherish his historic appearance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, one of his last performances. We have lost an icon who will be greatly missed, but Glen’s musical gifts will live on forever.”

“Extremely sad to hear that Glen Campbell has passed away,” Blake Shelton tweeted. “My prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family.”

“Thank you Glen Campbell for the artistry, grave and class you brought to country music,” Brad Paisley shared. “You were a shining light in so many ways.”

“I’m very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell. An incredible musician and an even better person. I’m at a loss. Love & Mercy,” wrote Brian Wilson.

“RIP, Glen. You were my first employer as a writer. We were all in awe of your musicality,” Steve Martin tweeted.

Terri Clark wrote, “The great Glen Campbell has taken his guitar and iconic voice to the other side, to play in an Angel band. We will miss you Glen.”

“We lost a music legend today,” wrote Rascal Flatts. “Rest in peace, Glen Campbell. Sending love and prayers to his family.”

The official Twitter account for BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris Country announced that they would have a special tribute program to the country rock legend Glen Campbell.

Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta, who executive-produced the 2014 documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” penned the following tribute: “Everyone at the Big Machine Label Group is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Glen Campbell. Glen was a superstar of the highest order and a multi-threat talent as a singer, entertainer, world-class guitar virtuoso, actor and, of course, a great family man.

“Glen and his family so bravely chose to publicly share their fight with Alzheimer’s through the James Keach-produced ‘I’ll Be Me’ documentary which helped engage millions of people who face the realities of this terrible disease. We were honored to release his final recordings on the Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated ‘I’ll Be Me’ soundtrack, produced by our very own Julian Raymond.

Even in his final act, Glen’s star touched so many.”

Kyle Young, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO wrote: “Had Glen Campbell only played guitar and never voiced a note, he would have spent a lifetime as one of America’s most consequential recording musicians. Had he never played guitar and only sung, his voice would rank with American music’s most riveting, expressive, and enduring. He left indelible marks as a musician, a singer, and an entertainer, and he bravely shared his incalculable talent with adoring audiences even as he fought a cruel and dreaded disease. To all of us who heard and loved his soulful music, he was a delight.”

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