A Who’s Who of stellar artists honored the late B.B. King earlier this month with a series of performances at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California. Presented by the Grammy Foundation and Grammy Museum—and co-sponsored by Gibson Memphis and the Gibson Foundation—Icon: The Life and Legacy of B.B. King featured Derek Trucks, Slash, Keb’ Mo’, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, Susan Tedeschi and an array of other artists, each of whom paid tribute to the blues legend.

On hand to shoot the event was photographer Jerome Brunet, whose work we’ve presented previously in a feature titled “ Rippin’ It with Gibsons.” Brunet’s presence at the tribute was especially fitting, given that he shot what many consider to be the greatest “performance photograph” of King. In the wake of the event, Brunet generously offered to share with us some amazing moments he documented as each artist paid tribute. “I wanted to shoot this event since the day I got here,” says Brunet, who only recently moved to L.A. “It was really great – the lineup was incredible.”

Below, you can check out a sampling of the memorable moments Brunet captured for posterity.

B.B. King Tribute Event

“This was beyond a good gig, for me. It was touching to be there, touching to meet B.B. King’s family and to see so many musicians I had worked with.”

 

B.B. King Tribute Event

“Vivino shared a story about being B.B. King’s opening act. Almost every artist offered a personal anecdote.”

 

B.B. King Tribute Event

“Bonamassa said if it weren’t for B.B., he wouldn’t be standing there. He said B.B. gave him inspiration, advice and friendship.”

 

B.B. King Tribute Event

“Kenny Wayne Shepherd presented a snippet from a documentary. It showed him on B.B. King’s bus, listening to King talk about continuing to uphold the blues.”

 

B.B. King Tribute Event

“Where else could you see Slash playing alongside Derek? It was a rare chance to witness something like that.”

 

B.B. King Tribute Event

“Everyone there acknowledged B.B. King as the master.”

 

B.B. King Tribute Event

“I thought this was someone else. Only later did I learn he was the former Governor of California.”

 

B.B. King Tribute Event

B.B. King Tribute Event

B.B. King Tribute Event

B.B. King Tribute Event