Taylor Hawkins Remembered In The Grammys
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The 64th annual Grammy Awards paid an emotional tribute to the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins on Sunday, April 3.
Grammys host Trevor Noah presented a video montage of Hawkins performing throughout his career, while the band’s song “My Hero” played. The comedian noted that the band was originally scheduled to perform on the awards show. He told the audience in Las Vegas:
“So, this was the moment in the show when I was supposed to be introducing the Foo Fighters. We would have been celebrating with them as they won … three Grammy Awards earlier today. But they are of course not here due to the tragic passing of their legendary drummer, Taylor Hawkins.
“Our thoughts go out to Taylor’s family, his friends, the Foo Fighter family and all of their fans around the globe. We would like to take a moment now to remember Taylor.”
The Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform at the Grammys, but canceled their appearance and upcoming tour following Hawkins’ death just over a week ago.
Earlier in that evening, the band won three Grammys, including Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. Presenter Jimmy Jam accepted on behalf of the band while offering thoughts and prayers.
Another artist who performed and honored Hawkins was Billie Eilish, who wore a shirt with the drummer’s image during her performance of “Happier Than Ever.”
Hawkins died March 25 at age 50, while the band was on tour in South America. An initial toxicology report showed 10 substances in his system when he passed away, according to Colombian authorities.
The Recording Academy said in a statement on Sunday:
“The entire music community is still grieving the light we lost last week with Taylor Hawkins’ passing. We continue to send our love and extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”