As we reflect on the year 2022, we remember the incredible talents and influential figures who left us. From groundbreaking actors to legendary musicians, these stars made a lasting impact on the world of entertainment and beyond.
Harry Belafonte: A Trailblazing Artist and Activist
Harry Belafonte passed away at the age of 96, leaving behind a legacy as a two-time GRAMMY winner, 11-time career nominee, and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Belafonte’s impact on the Recording Academy has lasted as long as the organization itself, with three of his recordings in the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. He popularized calypso, brought folk music to the mainstream, and broke racial barriers in America through his music and civil rights activism. Tributes poured in from luminaries such as Quincy Jones, John Legend, and former President Barack Obama.
Sidney Poitier: A Groundbreaking Actor
Sidney Poitier, the first Black man to win the Best Actor, Oscar, passed away at the age of 94. His transformative performances broke stereotypes and paved the way for future generations of Black actors. Poitier’s legacy will forever be remembered as a trailblazer in the film industry.
Bob Saget: A Beloved Comedian and Actor
Bob Saget, known for his role in Full House and his stand-up comedy, died at the age of 65. His warm presence and humor touched the hearts of millions, making him a cherished figure in the world of entertainment.
Meat Loaf: An Iconic Singer and Actor
Meat Loaf, the legendary singer and actor, passed away at the age of 74. Known for hits like “I’d Do Anything for Love” and “Bat Out of Hell,” as well as his role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Meat Loaf’s powerful performances will continue to inspire generations to come.
Remembering Other Stars We Lost in 2022
Throughout the year, we also said goodbye to other notable figures such as Queen Elizabeth II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Shinzo Abe, Gary Waldhorn, Ronnie Spector, Gaspard Ulliel, Nino Cerruti, Thierry Mugler, Louie Anderson, and many more. Each of these individuals left an indelible mark on the world, and their contributions will not be forgotten.