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Grammys 2021: Best Music Film winner James Keach accidentally thanks Jeffrey Epstein for award

Bizarre moment Grammy winner mixes up names and thanks Jeffrey Epstein for his award

  • Producer James Keach, 73, appeared by video to accept the word for Best Music Film for his documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice 
  •  ‘Excellent. I want to thank Linda Ronstadt for allowing us to make this movie, Rob Friedman, Jeffrey Epstein,’ Keach said
  • He appeared to mix up the names of the film’s two directors:  Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
  • Billionaire Epstein died in 2019 after he allegedly hanged himself in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan
  • Some Twitter users laughed off the mix-up while others called it ‘disgraceful’ 

A Grammy Award winner sent shockwaves through the internet after he mistakenly thanked pedophile Jeffrey Epstein during his acceptance speech.

Producer James Keach, 73, appeared by video during the ceremony to accept the award for Best Music Film for his documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice.

‘Excellent. I want to thank Linda Ronstadt for allowing us to make this movie, Rob Friedman, Jeffrey Epstein,’ Keach said, appearing to mix-up the names of the films two directors.

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Producer James Keach, 73, appeared by video during the ceremony to accept the word for Best Music Film and accidentally thanked ‘Jeffrey Epstein’ for the award

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice, produced by Keach, was directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice, produced by Keach, was directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is pictured in his New York State Sex Offender Registry photo in 2017 two years before his death

Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is pictured in his New York State Sex Offender Registry photo in 2017 two years before his death

Filmmakers Jeffrey Friedman , left, and Rob Epstein are pictured attending the Oscars in 2019

Filmmakers Jeffrey Friedman , left, and Rob Epstein are pictured attending the Oscars in 2019

The documentary was directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, while produced by Keach and Michele Farinola.  

Billionaire Epstein died in 2019 after he allegedly hanged himself in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

In 2008, Epstein was convicted in Florida of procuring a child for prostitution and of soliciting a prostitute after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

He was accused of raping dozens of young teen girls between 2002 and 2005. The girls were allegedly groomed by his associate Ghislaine Maxwell – who was charged in 2020 with crimes of enticement of minors and sex trafficking of underage girls.

Epstein was arrested again in July 2019 on federal charges for sex trafficking in Florida and New York just a month before he died.

Victims have claimed Epstein would fly his underage victims on his private jet, nicknamed the Lolita Express, to his private island Little St. James that has often been visited by other elites like Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew.

Some Twitter users laughed off the Grammys mix-up while others called it ‘disgraceful.’ 

‘HE ACTUALLY SAID JEFFREY EPSTEIN OMG,’ one Twitter user said.

Another added with the skull emoji: ‘Can’t stop thinking about the guy who accidentally thanked Jeffrey Epstein for his Grammy.’

‘If you’re feeling down just remember that you aren’t the guy who just accidentally thanked Jeffrey Epstein for his Grammy,’ @tmwf02 tweeted.

‘Imagine accepting a Grammy Award on behalf of your friend and accidentally thanking Jeffrey Epstein instead of the actual producer Jeffrey Fieldman … because like, that just happened live on air,’ @MTVScream tweeted.  

Some Twitter users laughed off the 'Jeffrey Epstein' mix-up while others called it 'disgraceful'

Some Twitter users laughed off the ‘Jeffrey Epstein’ mix-up while others called it ‘disgraceful’

The film debuted at Tribeca Film Festival in 2019 and follows the career of American singer Linda Ronstadt – The Stone Poneys legend who herself has earned 10 Grammy Awards and more than a dozen more nominations.

Keach’s win bested fellow nominees: Spike Jonze for Beastie Boys Story; Beyoncé Knowles and the producers for Black Is King; Andrew Fried for We Are Freestyle Love Supreme;  Sam Dunn  and ZZ Top for That Little Ol’ Band From Texas. 

Beyond its Grammy win, the film was nominated for three Critics Choice awards in 2019 and won two of them: Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary and Best Music Documentary.

The film, which is narrated by Ronstadt, follows her life from growing up in Tucson, Arizona to present-day battling progressive supranuclear palsy, a degenerative disease that deteriorates the brain – which led to her retiring from music in 2009.

Footage used in the film includes everything from time with the Stone Poneys in the 1960s and her her rise as the “queen of country rock” in the 1970s to present day.

The film also follows her high-profile romance with former California Gov. Jerry Brown and later career switches into opera and other genres.  

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