In Memoriam, Billie Eilish T-shirt – The Hollywood Reporter

The 2022 Grammys paid special tribute on Sunday to longtime Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died last month at the age of 50.

Foo Fighters – who won three Grammys on Sunday, taking their career total to 15 – were scheduled to perform at the ceremony until the announcement last week that they were canceling all scheduled performance dates in light of the death of Hawkins, who officially joined the band in 1997.

“So this is the part of the show where I was supposed to introduce the Foo Fighters,” host Trevor Noah said from the stage. “We would have celebrated with them because they won three Grammy Awards earlier today. But they are of course not there due to the tragic passing of their legendary drummer, Taylor Hawkins.

The comedian continued, “Our hearts go out to Taylor’s family, friends, Foo Fighter family and all of their fans around the world. We would like to take a moment now to remember Taylor.

This led to footage, sound clips and photos of Hawkins with the band, during which the Foo Fighters song “My Hero” could be heard. Included in the segment was already recorded audio of frontman Dave Grohl saying, “He’s the best drummer in the world. We love it so much.

Billie Eilish performs onstage wearing Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins t-shirt during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Following the Hawkins tribute, the show aired the In Memoriam segment, honoring other members of the music community who died last year.

During her performance of “Happier Than Ever” earlier in the night, Billie Eilish also paid tribute to Hawkins with a black T-shirt featuring an image of the drummer on the front and his name on the back.

On March 25, the band, which was scheduled to perform in Colombia that day, announced “the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins.” A cause of death was not given. Four days later, the band confirmed that all tour dates had been canceled amid the “staggering loss”.

Elizabeth J. Harless