- Gene Seymour: 2016 saw a slew of departed music stars entering the astral plane
- He says: from Natalie Cole to Bowie, to Prince, to Maurice White, George Martin and many more, a mighty chorus has arrived in the hereafter
Gene Seymour is a film critic who has written about music, movies and culture for The New York Times, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly and the Washington Post. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)This year's edition of the never-ending, always-expanding Astral Plane Pop & Jazz Festival was, as you can guess, very special in its range and (you'll pardon the expression) dimension. There seemed to be a LOT more additional newly deceased music immortals joining the ensemble in 2016, and we may end up leaving some big names out.
... including the year's best pictures, in-depth reporting and a look at the year ahead, go to CNN.com/2016.