Diaa Bekheet | Washington, DC – Like Egyptians living abroad, American jazz pianist Herbie Hancock was “glued” to television, watching live coverage of Tahrir Square protests demanding the removal of the regime in Egypt. The world peace advocate praised the peaceful, anti-social injustice protests in Egypt as he attended the Grammy ceremony on February 13; two days after President Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign.
“My sights were glued to the TV watching everything that was happening in Egypt,” Hancock told CBS television. “And it looks like an awful lot of Egyptians are really happy now that Mubarak has stepped down.”
He said this is going to help shore up a better attitude about democracy in the Middle East.
“It sounds like a tender democracy burgeoning there. Um, best of luck. And it’s–I thought how they handled themselves in the last couple of days was pretty decent,” Singer-songwriter Jewel told CBS. “I don’t–, I’m sure the whole story isn’t out yet. But I was very proud of the citizens, and it was very inspiring to watch.”
Hancock’s all-star remake of British singer John Lennon’s “Imagine” won a Grammy, beating megahits by superstars Lady Gaga and Beyonce for “Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.”