Honors the Late, Great James Brown

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Godfather of Soul hailed as innovator, pioneer, "funkiest ever."

At VIBE we are saddened by his death, but take comfort in his amazing, relentless legacy.

On Christmas Day, the music world lost a legend: "The Godfather of Soul," James Brown. The soulful superstar passed away at the age of 73 at Emory Crawford Hospital in Atlanta, GA -- leaving behind a music legacy few will ever surpass. will be honoring James Brown all week with photo, audio and video tributes to his incredible career.

"James Brown is an American original. A king of soul and rock 'n' roll, Brown is one of the most influential musical artists of the last fifty years, and perhaps the most sampled artist in hip hop history," said VIBE Editor-in-Chief Danyel Smith. "At VIBE we are saddened by his death, but take comfort in his amazing, relentless legacy."

In honor of the so-called "hardest working man in show business," has created a special James Brown playlist, including the Godfather's hits "Livin' In America," "It's a Man's, Man's World," "Get Up Offa That Thing," "Hot Pants," "Super Bad," "Cold Sweat," "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "The Boss," "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud), and, "The Payback." You can access and enjoy right now. also is featuring a James Brown Slideshow and a James Brown Video Tribute site -- featuring classic James Brown performances from the Ed Sullivan Show, with Aretha Franklin, and many more.

Across the world, music legends hailed Brown as one of the great innovators in music history. "His grooves (were) the funkiest ever - no one is even close," Chuck D told the Associated Press.

"I am hurt. That's my godfather, my soul inspiration, the hardest working man in show business of all time. He'll be missed, but his music and his legacy will live on through me, in every way you can imagine," said Snoop Dogg.

"An American original, his fans came from all walks of life and backgrounds. James Brown's family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers this Christmas," said President Bush.

Brown won a Grammy for lifetime achievement in 1992, as well as Grammys in 1965 ("Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" (best R&B recording)) and 1987 "Living In America" (best R&B vocal performance, male.)) His appearance as a crazed preacher in the comedy classic, "The Blues Brothers," is widely recalled as a cinematic tour de force.

Memorial plans are, as yet, incomplete. Brown is survived by his fourth wife, Tomi Raye Hynie, and four children -- two daughters and sons Daryl and James Brown III. James Brown was 73 years old.

Check back to throughout the week for continuing coverage of -- and tributes to -- the late, great Godfather of Soul. is the official home of VIBE Magazine. VIBE Media Group publishes VIBE magazine, VIBE Vixen Magazine, and the soon-to-be-launched


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